GBH reports former state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson has pulled nomination papers to run for the 2nd Suffolk district she lost to Sonia Chang-Diaz in 2008, following her arrest in a bribery scandal the month before the election.
Chang-Diaz is running for governor this year. Wilkerson, who got 3 1/2 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to corruption charges in 2010, has become a force in Black electoral politics in Boston again. She spearheaded two "Wakanda" efforts to elect Black candidates, winning with Rachael Rollins for DA in 2018, but losing with Kim Janey for mayor last year. Wilkerson was also active in a Covid-19 task force at the start of the pandemic.
Several other candidates have already announced runs for the 2nd Suffolk seat, including state Reps. Nika Elugardo and Liz Miranda. Also running: Rev. Miniard Culpepper.