HOLYOKE—Rebecca Lisi has not exactly been an insider. Yet, she is the candidate for mayor this year with the most experience in elected government—if fractional compared to some councilors seeking reelection.
Overwhelmed first by hot vax summer and then the coronavirus encore, municipal elections in the region have not exactly take center stage. Into this relative quiet, the Western Mass Area Labor Federation, the umbrella group for labor in the Pioneer Valley, has announced its preferences in some of the most important contests.
by Adam Bass Correspondent-Intern The race to be Holyoke’s next mayor now has its sixth candidate. Gloria Caballero-Roca, an educator and academic, announced her candidacy on Facebook Friday. She also filed paperwork with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance, and announced that she would
UPDATED: 4/20/21 1:30PM: To include responses from candidates on Glidden. HOLYOKE—After months of a silent campaign that had included a lead in the fundraising race, William Glidden is formally in. At COVID-compliant backyard gathering here, Glidden former Alex Morse aide, declared his campaign for mayor.
Last week, Beacon Hill approved a new procedure to allow Holyoke to select an acting mayor other than the Council President. On Monday, the City Council made their choice. Ward 2 City Councilor Terence Murphy shall serve as acting mayor through November. Murphy’s appointment was
UPDATED 3/18/21 11:13AM: To confirm Mayor Morse had signed the petition and to note that Northampton’s charter allows councilors to pick an alternate acting mayor from among its membership. After an hour of debate, Holyoke city councilors approved a home rule petition Tuesday night to
UPDATED 3/17/21 12:23AM: The City Council approved the petition as the Charter & Rules Committee recommended on Monday. Full story here. There is now a date certain for Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse’s exit from office. At the moment, what happens after is anything but clear.
UPDATED: 3/14/21 8:58PM: To clarify a building program Sullivan worked on was a proposal. By Adam Bass Correspondent-intern Holyoke at-large City Councilor Michael Sullivan is all but certain to run for mayor. Though he has not formally announced his candidacy, the three-term city councilor filed
by Adam Bass Correspondent-intern and Matt Szafranski HOLYOKE—Two of the top contenders for the open mayoral race have formally declared their campaigns. On Monday, At-large City Councilor Rebecca Lisi announced her bid on for Mayor. She was only the second person to formally enter what
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