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Michael Bloomberg — a first cousin once removed of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg — will challenge state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier for her House seat.

PITTSFIELD >> A city man will challenge for the Democratic nomination for the 3rd Berkshire District House seat now held by state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier.

Michael Bloomberg, of Holmes Road, confirmed Friday that he will make a formal announcement next week, and he has taken steps to create a campaign finance committee.

One question sure to be asked during his announcement is whether he is related to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He is — as a first cousin, once removed. The candidate's father and the former mayor are cousins.

He said his mother is Nancy Shulman and his uncle is Jim Shulman, of the Berkshire Carousel project, and his grandfather was Irving Shulman, who began Jim's House of Shoes in Pittsfield.

Bloomberg is a 2008 graduate of Pittsfield High School and a 2012 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

His entry into the race would ensure a primary contest in September for the House seat to determine who will represent the party in the November election.

Farley-Bouvier has said she will seek another term. She was first elected in 2011 and previously served on the Pittsfield City Council.

Also seeking the House seat is Ward 4 City Councilor Christopher Connell, who is running as an independent.

Contact Jim Therrien at 413-496-6247.