State Sen. Viriato deMacedo bid farewell to his colleagues in the Senate on Wednesday. But he’s got at least another week on the payroll. DeMacedo does not plan to resign until Nov. 29, according to his office, more than a month after he announced that he would be leaving the Senate after a five-year tenure that followed 16 years of service in the House. The Plymouth Republican is leaving to take a position at Bridgewater State University.
After announcing his new job on Oct. 16, deMacedo said he intended to remain in the Legislature and continue voting until the winter recess, which begins when the Senate adjourns on Wednesday. A staffer said he did not know when DeMacedo planned to submit his official letter of resignation, which would have an effective date of Nov. 29.
That letter is necessary for Democratic leadership of the Senate to set a date for the special election to fill his seat for the remainder of the two-year term. It’s unclear how the delay until the end of the month would impact any effort by
Democrats to schedule the special election to coincide with the presidential primary in early March, when Democratic turnout is expected to be high. Sen. Donald Humason, a Republican from Westfield, is leaving the Senate to become mayor in his home city, but his resignation will not become official until early January. It’s also not clear when Humason plans to submit his resignation letter.