Credit: Freerange Archives

The race to succeed Denise Garlick as Needham’s representative in the state House of Representatives has drawn four official candidates and one possible write-in campaigner.

Garlick announced in February that she would not seek to return to the 13th Norfolk seat she has held since 2011. She is one of 15 incumbent reps statewide who opted not to seek reelection.

Four Needham residents obtained the 150 signatures required to earn spots on the ballot to represent Needham, Dover and part of Medfield. Three are registered Democrats – Patrick Gatto, Ken Ruetenik and Joshua Tarsky – who will face off in the Sept. 3 Democratic primary.

The fourth is Bill Dermody, who is running as an unenrolled candidate and heads directly to November’s final election ballot.

A fifth Needhamite, Bhuren Patel, is planning to run a write-in campaign for the Democratic nomination. Patel says he completed forms to establish his registration as a Democrat in February, only to learn he was officially registered as unenrolled when he went to pull papers to run in the primary — too late to correct the error.

The Massachusetts Secretary of State’s listings showed no Republican candidates.

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