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Governor Patrick names William Cowan as interim senator

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Albany/HV: Governor Patrick names William Cowan as interim senator
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As former Senator John Kerry leaves to take on his new position as Secretary of State, Governor Patrick names former chief of staff William "Mo" Cowan as interim senator. YNN's Madeleine Rivera has more on what Berkshire County residents expect to see for the next few months.

MASSACHUSETTS -- "Tom Brady, George Clooney, James Bond, the President, have nothing on Mo," said Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray.

He makes a light-hearted comment as he and Governor Patrick introduce William "Mo" Cowan to the public on Wednesday. Cowan is filling former senator John Kerry's seat. Kerry leaves for Washington as secretary of state after more than 25 years of service in Massachusetts.

"The governor offered me this position yesterday," said Cowan.

He's held multiple positions under the Patrick administration, as his former chief of staff and legal counsel. But he's been intent on returning to private sector, making it clear that his position as senator is temporary.

"I am not running for office. I am not a candidate for public service, anytime today or in the future," said Cowan.

Still, for the next few months, he'll represent the state, working on issues like health care, education, jobs and immigration.

"Believe me, I will be presenting my ideas to him and some of the requirements that we have here in Pittsfield and Berkshire County relative to economic initiatives that can have an impact on jobs in our area," said Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi.

Senator Kerry's resignation is effective as of this Friday and a lot of Berkshire residents say whoever fills his seat, has some big shoes to fill.

"With Kerry having served for as long as he has and being such a well known name, it's definitely a position that will get a lot of publicity," said Lindsey Schmid, a Pittsfield resident.

The special election to finish out Kerry's term begins immediately. A primary is scheduled for April 30th.

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