SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – With no Republican or independent candidates making the ballot in November, Carlos Gonzalez is likely headed to the Massachusetts House of Representatives after winning Tuesday’s Democratic primary in the 10th Hampden District.
With all precincts reporting, Gonzalez received 1,229 votes or 42% of the vote, over Ivette Hernandez who received 910 votes or 31%, and Melvin Edwards who received 757 votes or 26%.
A Springfield businessman, Gonzalez is a former mayoral aide, and is now the president of the Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce. Edwards is a member of the Springfield City Council, representing Ward 3 since ward representation was re-introduced in the city. Hernandez is a social worker and a community activist.
The 10th Hampden district seat has been vacant since longtime Rep. Cheryl Coakley-Rivera (D-Springfield) resigned to take a position in the Massachusetts court system. It includes the westernmost neighborhoods of Springfield, including all or portions of downtown Springfield, Forest Park, Maple High-Six Corners, the North End, and the South End.