UPDATED 10/10/14 4:30PM: For a correction. A prior version of this post stated Rep. Mike Finn was in support of more charter schools immediately after a sentence in which he said he was wary. In fact, his opponent Nathan Bech is the one in favor of more charters now.
WEST SPRINGFIELD—Facing off in a spirited and fast-paced debate, candidates for the 6th Hampden House district traded barbs and debated the legislature’s work over the last couple of years. Robert McDonald moderated the West of the River Chamber of Commerce-sponsored debate last Thursday between Democratic Representative Michael Finn and Republican Nathan Bech.
Held in the auditorium of Town Hall here, it featured questions from McDonald and WWLP reporter Laura Hutchison, who, together asked substantive, if sometimes repetitive questions. Bech and Finn’s Lincoln-Douglas style questions to each other, though loaded, also made for solid discussion. Bech seemed most comfortable sticking to talking points, whereas Finn seemed more agile, returning to safe topics like education only sporadically.