SPRINGFIELD—The preliminary election is still four months away and nomination papers have another two months to be completed, but campaign kickoffs are already underway. For some it is a repeat act, but hopefully with differing results.
Justin Hurst, an attorney and the scion of one of Springfield’s politically prominent black families, kicked off his campaign yesterday at the John Boyle O’Reilly club in the city. Among the notable guests there was one figure, Mayor Domenic Sarno whose absence from the ballot may present both challenges and opportunities for anybody seeking at-large seats.
Hurst’s connection to politics runs deep. His mother, Marjorie, was a longtime School Committee member and his father, Frederick, was a Commissioner on the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the commonwealth’s civil rights enforcement agency. Continue reading