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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.

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