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In Final Leg of the Westside’s Race, Finn Found His Footing…

WEST SPRINGFIELD—It was the first election Michael Finn had lost in a 13 year political career. After an upstart candidate zoomed past him in the September mayoral preliminary, Finn, a three-term state representative and former Town Council president, vowed not to go down without a

A Much Different Race, Reichelt Sprints toward the Finish in Westside…

WEST SPRINGFIELD—When William Reichelt, the town attorney, placed first in the mayoral preliminary two months ago that eliminated former mayor Gregory Neffinger and left State Representative Michael Finn in second, he had turned the election narrative here on its heard. Facing Finn one-on-one, however, Reichelt

This November: Sharks & Jets, er, Finn & Reichelt to Face off in Westside…

UPDATED 12:36pm: To reflect a correction. A quote previously referred to “hard word.” It should have been “hard work,” obviously. WEST SPRINGFIELD—Shocking prognosticators this side of the river, newcomer William Reichelt, the town attorney, roared to first place in the mayoral preliminary here. His victory

Briefings: Following Preliminary Cash across the River in Westside…

As West Springfield’s mayoral preliminary nears the buzzer, the money chase could presage how the field will narrow to two candidates from three. Campaign finance reports filed with the Office of Campaign & Political Finance last Monday show State Representative Michael Finn and Town Attorney William

Analysis: Three Men. One Office. West Side (and Its Future)…

UPDATED 3:31PM: For grammar and clarity.  UPDATED 8/6/15 10:31AM: For an update including details about Westside’s history, grammar and a new photograph and to reflect a correction. The venue for Gendron’s event was Backyard Bar & Grill, not Backyard BBQ. WEST SPRINGFIELD—Few expected a heated municipal

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Briefings: Westside’s Attorney Making Moves toward Top Job…

Rumors have swirled around the West Springfield mayoral race ever since one-term mayor Edward Sullivan declined reelection, but only State Representative Michael Finn has officially confirmed his campaign. A former assessor, Hans Doup, has taken out papers, but has yet to release any public statement. Now

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Doors, Campaign, & Politics Open in Hampden Senate…

**This post has been edited for accuracy.** This post is the third in a series about the Hampden Senate District Primary Election In the modern political campaign, the announcement almost certainly predates the real campaign.  This happens all the time.  Candidates announce and then little

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The Insight: Westside…Eastside…

This post is the second in a series on the Hampden Senate District Primary Election. WEST SPRINGFIELD—After the heartache and drama of reapportionment left Massachusetts with one less seat in Congress, the less high-profile process would be the act of cramming 160 House districts and

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The Insight: An Eye To-Ward Greater Representation…

This post is the first in a series on the Hampden Senate District Race. Every individual who runs for office must have some ego.  While Ward 3 City Councilor Melvin Edwards is no different, it is quite obvious after only a few minutes with him