Political candidates speak with voters at annual Clambake

Sheriff Ashe has been hosting this even for nearly 40 years

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s an annual tradition in western Massachusetts; Hampden County Sheriff Michael Ashe is holding his clambake at Elks Lodge in Springfield.

Sheriff Ashe’s Clambake is the event of the year for people who are running for office this year. Hundreds of people attend the Clambake, enjoying the food, the drinks and of course, the company.

People started arriving Wednesday morning at around 11 o’clock. Governor’s candidates, Lt. Governor’s candidates and many others running for local offices all attend as well.

Sheriff Ashe told 22News he’s been hosting this event for 37 years. Although, he is not running for re-election, so this is his third to the last Clambake.

22News asked him if he’s going to miss hosting this. “I’m not going to miss the worrying, okay, regarding the weather, is everything going to go well, how many people are going to show up, and all the other things. So in that way, there’s always that sense of stress but I’m blessed though, the people. That’s the whole purpose behind it,” Sherriff Ashe replied.

Sen. Gale Candaras, (D) Wilbraham, said, “Many of these offices are going to be decided in the primary. There are no candidates in the general election. So if you want your voice heard for some of these very important races you better get out and vote on September 9th.”

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