UPDATED 3/8/15 7:34PM: For grammar and clarity.
SPRINGFIELD—Mike Fenton might have never joined the City Council.
In early 2009, Fenton had a tuition-free offer from Western New England’s law school, but his choice was BC Law, even though he would incur a six-figure debt to finance his legal education there. Then Fenton’s cousin told him Springfield was reviving ward-based seats. Always more interested in politics than he likes to admit, Fenton made a fateful choice.
Fenton says it was a “selfish” decision, not born of altruism, but rather to save money, meet people who could help him get a legal job and run a race he would “probably lose.”