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They say a challenger can’t take out a South Coast incumbent legislator.

But third-term state Rep. Chris Hendricks did just that in 2018 when he defeated 30-year incumbent Bob Koczera in the 11th Bristol District.

Hendricks, 39, is among the most progressive members of the South Coast delegation. His district, which was originally split between the North End and the town of Acushnet, was redistricted as a result of the 2020 federal Census.

This year, for the first time, Hendricks represents a new 11th that no longer includes Acushnet, but which now includes the near North End and downtown New Bedford. It is the city’s first minority-majority district.

Jack Spillane spoke with Hendricks about work on behalf of the district in Boston and learned about his priorities as he represents some of the lowest-income neighborhoods in the central part of the city.


New Bedford’s Parks and Rec director comes to Chat

Mary Rapoza, director of the Parks, Recreation and Beaches department since 2013, sits down with Jack Spillane this Thursday at 2 p.m. to talk about a division of city government that is perhaps more visible to the public than any other.

Watch The Chat with new Sheriff Paul Heroux

In the wake of the first big challenge of his tenure as Bristol County sheriff, Paul Heroux will be the special guest of The Chat on Wednesday, May 3 at 7 p.m. As always, The Chat is free to attend, simply register below.