Velis, Allie discuss issues in 22News debate

Race is rematch of April special election in Westfield

State Rep. John Velis (D-Westfield) is seen here at left. Republican challenger Dan Allie is at right.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s a rematch in Westfield for control of the 4th Hampden District house seat: Democratic Rep. John Velis and Republican City Councilor Dan Allie met Thursday afternoon for a debate on 22News.

Back in April, Velis narrowly defeated Allie in a special election in to fill the seat, which was vacated by longtime Rep. Don Humason, after the Westfield Republican was elected to the state senate.

The 4th Hampden District includes all precincts in the city of Westfield.

22News has been hosing a series of debates among legislative candidates all this week. Below is the schedule of remaining debates before Election Day:

Friday, October 31 – 12:30 P.M.: 12th Hampden House District debate: Incumbent Rep. Angelo Puppolo (D-Springfield) will debate Wilbraham Board of Selectman Chair Bob Russell, his Republican challenger. The 12th Hampden includes all of Wilbraham, plus the northernmost portion of East Longmeadow, and parts of Springfield’s East Forest Park, Forest Park, and Sixteen Acres neighborhoods.

Sunday, November 2nd – InFocus at Noon-12:30pm: A debate concerning Question 3, which would prohibit casinos, slot machine establishments, and betting on simulcast greyhound racing. 22News Laura Hutchinson will be our moderator. The yes side has agreed to participate, the no side is still deciding.

Sunday, November 2nd – InFocus at 12:30-1pm: A debate concerning Question 2, which will expand the state’s bottle deposit requirement to all non-alcoholic, non-carbonated drinks except dairy products, infant formula, and FDA approved medicines. 22News Laura Hutchinson will be our moderator. Janet Domentiz of MassPIRG will represent the yes side. Nicole Giambusso will be the spokesperson for No on Question 2: Stop Forced Deposits.

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