With the much-delayed Census figures in hand, the Massachusetts legislature set to drawing new maps for the state House and Senate. On Tuesday, the Joint Committee on Redistricting released its drafts. The new lines are not wholly without controversy. The Committee will hear from the public Friday even as a constitutional deadline begins to bear down. In the 413, the process may have delivered as well as it could.
Less than two years after defeating a popular state representative, West Springfield mayor William Reichelt is ready to win reelection on a walk. Ballot papers were due today and few races are contests. The mayor’s race is not among them. The incumbent is the only
Leadership in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate released their committee assignments for the session that began last month. With thousands of bills to consider, committees can begin parse now that they have leaders and membership. The Western Massachusetts delegation received some plum assignments.
UPDATED 11/9/15 5:41PM: To reflect that O’Connell did give an interview on Election night to The Reminder. Afterglow 2015 is a series analyzing the results of the 2015 municipal elections in the Pioneer Valley and beyond. HOLYOKE—Music blared, drinks flowed and hugs abounded. In the
WEST SPRINGFIELD—It was the first election Michael Finn had lost in a 13 year political career. After an upstart candidate zoomed past him in the September mayoral preliminary, Finn, a three-term state representative and former Town Council president, vowed not to go down without a
WEST SPRINGFIELD—When William Reichelt, the town attorney, placed first in the mayoral preliminary two months ago that eliminated former mayor Gregory Neffinger and left State Representative Michael Finn in second, he had turned the election narrative here on its head. Facing Finn one-on-one, however, Reichelt
UPDATED 12:36pm: To reflect a correction. A quote previously referred to “hard word.” It should have been “hard work,” obviously. WEST SPRINGFIELD—Shocking prognosticators this side of the river, newcomer William Reichelt, the town attorney, roared to first place in the mayoral preliminary here. His victory
As West Springfield’s mayoral preliminary nears the buzzer, the money chase could presage how the field will narrow to two candidates from three. Campaign finance reports filed with the Office of Campaign & Political Finance last Monday show State Representative Michael Finn and Town Attorney William
UPDATED 3:31PM: For grammar and clarity. UPDATED 8/6/15 10:31AM: For an update including details about Westside’s history, grammar and a new photograph and to reflect a correction. The venue for Gendron’s event was Backyard Bar & Grill, not Backyard BBQ. WEST SPRINGFIELD—Few expected a heated municipal
Rumors have swirled around the West Springfield mayoral race ever since one-term mayor Edward Sullivan declined reelection, but only State Representative Michael Finn has officially confirmed his campaign. A former assessor, Hans Doup, has taken out papers, but has yet to release any public statement. Now