Thousands attend Cocchi’s Hampden Cty Sheriff announcement

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – There was a huge turnout Wednesday night for Nick Cocchi’s Hampden County Sheriff campaign kickoff.

More than 12-hundred people filled the Basketball Hall of Fame’s center court to hear Nick Cocchi announce his candidacy to replace the retiring Sheriff Michael Ashe.

He worked 21 years in the corrections department, being promoted through the ranks from correctional officer to Superintendent.

Cocchi said he is not a politician, describing himself as a corrections professional. “I am blessed to have been steeped, greatly so, in doing the real work of the department. It’s an advantage we have over any other candidate from the world of politics.”

Michael Ashe is retiring after 42 years. Cocchi acknowledged Ashe, promising to continue the sheriff’s legacy of corrections innovation.

The election takes place in 2016.

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