2020 Voter Guide: Contested Primaries In Western Mass.
Updated Aug. 30
Voters across western Massachusetts will have an opportunity to vote on September 1 in the state primary — if they haven't already taken advantage of early voting or the expanded mail-in option.
Those who do go the polls will find a mask-filled, socially distant setup with plenty of hand sanitizer and more than a few disinfecting wipes.
Regardless, the ballots will include contested and, in some cases, closely-watched races for the U.S. Senate, U.S House and the Massachusetts legislature.
U.S. Senate: Democrats
This U.S. Senate seat was previously held by John Kerry before he became secretary of state in 2013. Then-Rep. Ed Markey won a special election in 2013, and a full six-year term in 2014.
U.S. Senate: Republicans
The last Republican to serve Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate was Scott Brown. Now the U.S. ambassador to Samoa and New Zealand, Brown was in the Senate from 2010 to 2013.
Before Brown, Edward Brooke was the last Republican to represent Massachusetts in the Senate, from 1973-79. Brooke was the country's first African American senator since Reconstruction.
U.S. House 1st District: Democrats
This district, held by Richard Neal since 1989, includes much of Hampden County, parts of Hampshire and Franklin counties, and all of Berkshire County. Barring a write-in campaign, the winner of the Democratic primary will be uncontested in November.
Mass. Senate Hampden District: Democrats
The district, held by Jim Welch since 2011, includes all of West Springfield and parts of Springfield and Chicopee. With no announced Republican candidates, the winner of the Democratic primary will likely be unopposed in November.
Mass. House 3rd Hampden District: Republicans
This district, held by Nick Boldyga since 2011, consists of Agawam, Granville and Southwick. The winner of the Republican primary will likely face Democrat Kerri O'Connor in November.
Mass. House 4th Hampden District: Republicans
This seat has been vacant since May, when then-Rep. John Velis won a special election for state Senate. The district includes the city of Westfield. In November, the winner of the Republican primary will likely face Democrat Matthew Garlo and Ethan Flaherty, running as an Independent Compassionate Conservative.
Mass. House 5th Hampden District: Democrats
This district, held by outgoing Rep. Aaron Vega since 2013, includes the entire city of Holyoke. The winner of the Democratic primary will likely be uncontested in November.
Mass. House 9th Hampden District: Democrats
This district, held by outgoing Rep. Jose Tosado since 2013, includes portions of Springfield and one precinct in Chicopee. The winner of the Democratic primary will face independent Robert Underwood in November.
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