WESTFIELD—Overshadowed in large part by the hot senate contest next door, the 2nd Hampden & Hampshire Senate election has been a more heated affair as a Democrat seeks one of the few Republican senate seats that could flip. Republican Senator Don Humason is facing a stiff challenge from Holyoke patrolman and realtor Democrat Patrick Leahy.
Because Humason is the incumbent, protecting a seat he picked up in a special election last year, he is in the unenviable position of defending his record in a purple seat. Humason has a bulwark in Westfield, the city he represented for over a decade and enjoys reputation as jovial and omnipresent. Leahy, however, has offered a stiffer, more aggressive challenge than David Bartley, the Holyoke city councilor Democrats nominated last year.