Massachusetts Legislature: a guide to the 2022 general election
There are several contested races in western Massachusetts for state House and state Senate seats. Here’s a roundup:
STATE SENATE: BERKSHIRE, HAMPDEN, FRANKLIN AND HAMPSHIRE
This district is currently represented by Adam Hinds, who ran an ultimately unsuccessful campaign for lieutenant governor instead of seeking re-election. In a game of musical chairs brought on by redistricting, Hinds’ decision opened the door for state Rep. Paul Mark to run.
STATE SENATE: HAMPDEN AND HAMPSHIRE
STATE SENATE: HAMPDEN, HAMPSHIRE AND WORCESTER
This state Senate seat is being vacated by another candidate for lieutenant governor, Eric Lesser, who finished second in the Democratic primary for that nomination.
STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: 3RD BERKSHIRE
STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: 2ND FRANKLIN
Democrat: no candidate
Republican: Jeffrey Raymond, retired firefighter, Montachusett Regional Voc. Tech. School Committee member (website, campaign finance)
Unenrolled: State Rep. Susannah Whipps (website, campaign finance)
Unenrolled: Kevin McKeown (moved out of district)
STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: 3RD HAMPDEN
STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: 7TH HAMPDEN
STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: 8TH HAMPDEN
State Rep. Joe Wagner, after serving in the state House since 1991, opted not to seek re-election. In one of only two open state House races in western Massachusetts, former congressional aide Shirley Arriaga faces unenrolled candidate Sean Goonan, a carpenter’s helper and farmer.