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Photos: Joe Kennedy III on the campaign trail
Monday, October 22nd, 2012

BOSTON, Mass. — The latest member of the famed Kennedy family to run for office is Joe Kennedy III.

He's the 32-year-old grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, great-nephew of John F. Kennedy and Edward (Ted) Kennedy and son of former six-term Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy II.

In November, Kennedy won the seat of the newly configured 4th Congressional District in Massachusetts formerly held by Barney Frank, defeating Republican candidate Sean Bielat.

In an effort to prove himself, the relatively inexperienced Kennedy campaigned across the district the old fashioned way: attending house parties, canvassing neighborhoods, shaking hands and introducing himself to anyone who crosses his path.

For eight months, Boston-based photographer Aynsley Floyd covered the campaign across the district. The following Planet Pic photo essay documents the young Kennedy on the campaign trail.
 

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Candidate Joe Kennedy III addresses the College Democrats of Massachusetts Convention at Emerson College.

(Aynsley Floyd - Getty Images)
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Kennedy drops in on a pancake breakfast in Taunton and chats with Irene Coyne, left, and Pricilla Adams, right.

(Aynsley Floyd - GlobalPost)
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Kennedy canvases neighborhoods in the newly drawn 4th Congressional District of Massachusetts. He occasionally travels with a local politician; in this case, Bob Nunes, the former mayor of Taunton.

(Aynsley Floyd - GlobalPost)
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Kennedy chats with a commuter on a visit to a Brookline, Mass. T stop in September.

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Kennedy hits the Off Broadway Diner in Taunton, Mass. during a Sunday brunch rush.

(Aynsley Floyd - GlobalPost)
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Rep. Barney Frank, left, a 30-year congressional veteran, has endorsed Kennedy. Frank invited Kennedy to march with him in the annual Pride Parade through Boston in June.

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Kennedy campaign volunteers make calls on his behalf prior to the Pride Parade.

(Aynsley Floyd - GlobalPost)
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Kennedy stands on the roadside, waving to cars passing a commuter rail station in Sharon, Mass.

(Aynsley Floyd - GlobalPost)
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Potential Kennedy voter Herb Mores listens in on a conversation at a branch office opening reception in Medway, Mass.

(Aynsley Floyd - GlobalPost)
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Norton firefighter Andy Burgess laughs with Joe at a fire fighter’s picnic in June.

(Aynsley Floyd - GlobalPost)
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Joe Kennedy III addresses the Wellesley College Democrats and Students for Joe Kennedy at Wellesley College, west of Boston.

(Aynsley Floyd - GlobalPost)
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The prospect of another Kennedy in office has generated media attention.

(Aynsley Floyd - GlobalPost)
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Kennedy and fiance Lauren Anne Birchfield share a private moment after a pre-primary forum between his Democratic rivals Rachel Brown and Herb Robinson in August.

(Aynsley Floyd - GlobalPost)
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Early results from the evening of the Sept. 6 primary election showed a Kennedy landslide against Democratic opponents Rachel Brown and Herb Robinson. Kennedy won more than 90 percent of the vote.

(Aynsley Floyd - GlobalPost)
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Kennedy embraces a supporter after the primary election results are announced.

(Aynsley Floyd - GlobalPost)
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With the general election contest versus the more experienced Republican Sean Bielat less than a month away, Kennedy continues his strategy of personally greeting as many voters as possible.

(Aynsley Floyd - GlobalPost)
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Sean Bielat and Joe Kennedy debate at Wellesley College in mid-October.

(Aynsley Floyd - GlobalPost)
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Kennedy takes notes while listening to the concerns of a student at Bay State Community College.

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Kennedy waits behind the scenes before addressing a group of eager canvassing volunteers at campaign headquarters in Newton.

(Aynsley Floyd - GlobalPost)
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Former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate Michael Dukakis introduces Kennedy at a rally.

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On Nov. 6, Kennedy waits in line to vote with his Brookline neighbors.

(Aynsley Floyd - GlobalPost)
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Kennedy won the 4th Congressional District seat with 61.1% of the vote.

(Aynsley Floyd - Getty Images)
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