Event provides a look ahead to November election

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Business leaders from Springfield and surrounding neighborhoods got together Tuesday morning to learn more about the upcoming November election.

Political consultant Tony Cignoli talked to members of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield about the four statewide questions on the ballot from gax tax indexing to gaming. They also talked about the candidates and the impact state offices have on people who live and work here in western Massachusetts.

The race for governor looks close, according to a lot of polls. Cignoli told 22News that’s why the western Massachusetts vote is even more important.

“That little vote we’ve got, too often considered too small a vote, 10-18 percent, can make a huge difference. We can make or break who the next governor is in Massachusetts,” Cignoli said.

Tuesday morning’s discussion also looked at potentially confusing wording on the ballot; for example the gaming repeal question, where “yes” means “no to casinos,” and “no” means “yes to casinos.”

Click here for a closer look at all of the questions on this year’s ballot.

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