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A Vega Chapter Closes in Boston As Another Opens in Holyoke…

HOLYOKE—Come next week, for the first time in 11 years, Aaron Vega will not represent the Paper City in any elected capacity. Compared to some here, this is a relatively brief period in public life. However, Vega’s arc has encompassed two citywide offices without scorching

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Analysis: Holyoke Rumor Mills Churn out Possible Morse Successors…

UPDATED 4:38PM: To include comment from Marcos Marrero on speculation about his running for mayor. The announcement that Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse would not seek another term shocked few in the Paper City. Open talk of his retirement—well before the Congressional primary—began circulating early this

Analysis: COVID Could Shift 1st Congressional Calculus…

This post is the first of two assessing how the outbreak has altered top-ticket Bay State races.  Last Thursday on the floor of the House of Representatives, US Representative Richard Neal was managing a pending bill. It was not the first time he managed, but

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

Analysis: A Subtext Inauguration Army Couldn’t Be Held Back…

UPDATED: 1/1/2020 3:53PM: To note the passing of the mayor’s father. Cities around the Pioneer Valley inaugurated their governments elected in last November’s election. For many communities, it heralded a new start. On Monday, Chicopee and Westfield both took on new mayors with varying degrees

Valentin Closes out Council Tenure While Going National with Warren…

NORTHBOUND ON INTERSTATE 91, Vt.—These days, highway travel, not constituent work, dominates outgoing Ward 4 Holyoke city councilor Jossie Valentin’s time. The Saturday before her successor would take office, she was leading Pioneer Valley supporters of US Senator Elizabeth Warren to New Hampshire on a

Analysis: A Late, Breezy Shift in Holyoke’s 1st Midterms…

Holyoke will experience its first “midterm” election in 2019. It may be easy forget as he is running for something, but Alex Morse is not on the ballot this year. The four-term mayor is halfway through his first four-year mayoral term. But the City Council and much of the School Committee remain on a two-year election cycle. Voters rejected doubling councilors’ term in 2015 even as they lengthened the mayoral term to four years.