CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Democratic and unenrolled voters in the 1st Hampden and Hampshire Senate District will head to the polls on September 9 to determine the Democratic candidate to represent the Springfield-area district. With decision day just a little more than a week away, 22News is working for you with a debate among candidates for that nomination.
Democrats Tim Allen, James “Chip” Harrington, Tom Lachuisa, Eric Lesser, and Aaron Saunders participated in the debate. The winner of the Democratic primary will face Republican Debra Boronski and unenrolled candidate Mike Franco in the November 4 general election.
The debate aired at 12:30 on Monday afternoon. If you missed it, you can also watch video of the debate in its entirety, here on WWLP.com.
The 1st Hampden and Hampshire Senate District is currently represented by Sen. Gale Candaras (D-Wilbraham), who is retiring from the Senate in order to run for Hampden County Register of Probate. The district includes all of Belchertown, East Longmeadow, Granby, Hampden, Longmeadow, and Wilbraham, as well as the eastern half of Chicopee and portions of the Springfield neighborhoods of East Forest Park, East Springfield, Forest Park, and Sixteen Acres.