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State Senate race: Candidates' forums in South Boston and Dorchester postponed

A South Boston forum that was set for Tuesday night in the race to replace former state Sen. Jack Hart has been postponed until April 25. The forum, put together by several South Boston-based civic organizations, is set for the new date with the same time (6:30 pm) and the same location, the Lithuanian Club at 368 West Broadway.

Garry Murad, who will be the moderator, said several of the candidates felt it was inappropriate to hold the forum so soon after the Boston Marathon bombings.

A separate state Senate candidates' forum put together by MassVOTE and other organizations, set for Wednesday, April 17, was cancelled and appears unlikely to occur before the April 30 primary. The forum was scheduled to occur at the Lee School on Talbot Ave. in Dorchester.

"We hope to reschedule it after the primary, but think there's not enough time in the campaign schedule to hold it before April 30," Mike Prokosch, one of the organizers, said in an email.

Four candidates are running in the First Suffolk race: State Rep. Nick Collins (D-South Boston), Maureen Dahill (D-South Boston), state Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry (D-Dorchester), and Joseph Ureneck (R-Dorchester). Rep. Forry is married to Reporter editor Bill Forry.

The winner of the Democratic primary will face off against the Republican in general election on May 28.