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Checking into the Money Race in 2020’s Local Dem Primaries…

by Michael Lachenmeyer Correspondent-Intern In June and July, candidates competing in three races spanning Hampden County fought to win over voters while also doing their best to boost their fundraising numbers. While the novel coronavirus has upended many normal aspects of campaigning, the money race

Holyoke’s Next Rep Will Have to Carry on Soldiers’ Home Reforms…

HOLYOKE—Whether intentionally or not, political power and attention here follows the city’s geology. Rising from the Flats—a term unrelated to terrain—to the foot of Mount Tom is Cherry Hill, where the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home stands. Despite its perch overlooking everything but the mountains, the wave

The Coronavirus Looms over Campaigns up & down the Ballot…

The video opened with 90 seconds of tropical elevator music before cutting to a split-screen of US Senator Ed Markey and Association of Flight Attendants President Sara Nelson. “Hello! And I hope you’re all staying safe,” he said opening their discussion about protecting airline workers. “Hope

What Happens with Vega Stays in Holyoke, Not Boston, after 2020…

UPDATED 12:35AM: To include news of Pat Duffy’s entrance into the race. HOLYOKE—The Paper City’s State Rep seeks a different tree product. His walking papers. Aaron Vega, who serves as the state rep for the Fifth Hampden District will not seek reelection in 2020. The

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Briefings: Vega Seeks to Remain Part of Holyoke’s Constellation…

HOLYOKE—Representative Aaron Vega, a former at-large City Councilor elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 2012, kicked off his reelection campaign in Heritage State Park with a promise to carry on work he has begun. Vega’s announcement had been scheduled for last Thursday, but

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Vega Staying Put, Will not Run for Knapik’s Seat

BREAKING: This is a developing story. More details when we have them Holyoke State Representative Aaron Vega has announced in a statement that he will not seek the seat of former Senator Michael Knapik. In his statement, Vega cited family & political obligations, including the

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Briefings: Gentile, Vega, others Take the Oath…

SPRINGFIELD—In a brief and modest ceremony, before a large crowd, Laura Gentile, an assistant Clerk of Courts and otherwise largely politically unknown, took the oath of office to lead the office for which she has worked for well over a decade. Retired Judge Brian McDonald