Not only had the Democrats given up on finding a candidate to challenge state Rep. Bill Hamzy, the Plymouth Republican who is stepping down this year, they didn't even plan to go through the motions.
To pick a contender, the party has to schedule a convention in the 78th District with delegates from both Plymouth and Bristol.
On the assumption that nobody would step forward to run, the party didn't bother to pick delegates or schedule a convention.
City Democratic Chair Elliott Nelson said he's scrambling today to get the arrangements in place before the May 25 deadline set by the state.
So far, by the way, no Democratic hopefuls have talked with Nelson. But he said he expects to hear from some before long.
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