UPDATED 8:57PM: For a correction, the original version of this post stated 3 candidates are running in this race. There are 4.
As we cram in a few more stories and endorsements before tomorrow’s primary, we feel it is critical that we separate one race in which we will not endorse. While it is not the only such race, it is unique in the reasons for our abstention and also in the race’s paramount importance.
The field of candidate for Hampden County District Attorney is incredibly varied offering four individuals, if all white men, who nevertheless each offer something different. Whoever wins the primary tomorrow, and effectively, the office as well, will face incredible challenges.
A new approach to fighting crime is needed. The next DA will need to take a serious, hard look at staffing to ensure that office reflects the community it serves, while retaining the best qualified candidates possible. The next occupant of that office must also fight tooth and nail for more resources in the office’s budget. While these matter affect all communities in Hampden County, they are, without a doubt, particularly vital to our home base of Springfield.