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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.

Has Morse Begun to Telegraph His next Move?…

WORCESTER—On a seasonably brisk spring day, College Democrats had assembled in the basement of Clark University’s student center for their annual convention. There was drama, but that did not concern their guests, including one who was a few years out of college himself, Holyoke Mayor

Briefings: Dueling Council Retirements in Holyoke & Springfield…

A pair of retirements in two Lower Valley cities announced Friday mark transition for their respective councils. The now-open positions in Holyoke and Springfield are both ward seats.  and the outcome of neither’s election is likely to alter any balances of power. Rather, the significance

Briefings: For Holyoke Council, a Roman Holiday Announcement…

UPDATED 11/26/18 6:20PM: To note Roman’s resignation letter and his new job’s location. Transition will come early to the Holyoke City Council. Ward 2 Councilor Nelson Roman will be resigning December 31 to pursue a job out of state. Although Roman’s exit will have an

Endorsements on Parade: What Council Holyoke Should Keep in 2017…

Holyoke faces a unique set of choices this election cycle. It is dropping two at-large council seats. The ward seats increasingly, are where the city’s minority population finds its strongest voices. However, this transition comes at an inflection point in Holyoke politics. The mayor’s race

With Council Set to Shrink, Will Hands That Rock Policy Rule Holyoke?…

HOLYOKE—Ten were on stage for Monday’s debate, but come November 7, four will go home including at least two incumbents. Given the tamest—or perhaps least vitriolic—mayoral campaign in years, the at-large Council race has grabbed residents’ attention. Though all eight incumbents are seeking reelection, a

In Holyoke Prelim, Morse Emerges Strong, Ferreira Lives to Fight..

HOLYOKE—Facing their first ever election to choose a mayor to serve four years, voters here displayed a mix of blah and Morse-mentum catapulting the incumbent Alex Morse and former city councilor Jason Ferreira into the November election. That face-off headlines a Fall campaign season which