Another Mass. GOP hopeful seeks Frank's seat

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 11, 2010 file photo, Republican Sean Bielat participates in a taping session for a debate against Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., at the television studios of New England Cable News, in Newton, Mass. Bielat, who lost to Frank in 2010, said Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 he will seek the Republican nomination to run for the 4th Congressional District seat that Frank is vacating when he retires at the end of the current session. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — Another Republican has joined the race for the Massachusetts congressional seat being vacated by retiring Democratic U.S. Rep. Barney Frank.

Sean Bielat (BEE'-lat), who lost to Frank in 2010, made the announcement official Tuesday afternoon in Attleboro.

If he wins the GOP nomination, Bielat might have to face Joseph Kennedy III. The son of former U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II and grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, has formed an exploratory committee as a step toward running.

Bielat is a former U.S. Marine who lives in Norfolk.

Other announced candidates in the district that stretches from the Boston suburbs to Fall River include Republican Elizabeth Childs, a Brookline school committee member; Democrat Paul Heroux, an Attleboro businessman; and Democrat Herb Robinson, a software engineer from Newton.