WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Voters in Westfield are going to the polls Tuesday for a primary election, but in both the Democratic and Republican primaries, there is only one name on the ballot.
The primary is in advance of the special election for the 4th Hampden District seat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. The seat, which includes all of the city, was long held by now-state Sen. Don Humason (R-Westfield), who himself won a special election to the Legislature’s upper chamber back in November.
In the Democratic primary, attorney John Velis is the only candidate on the ballot, and Republican City Councilor Dan Allie is the only name appearing on his party’s ballot. State law requires primaries for both general and special elections, regardless of whether or not there is only one candidate. This ensures that any potential write-in candidates would have a chance.
The special election is scheduled for April 1. Whoever wins will not get much of a rest from the campaign trail, as the seat is up for grabs again in the November general election.