Sal Circosta announcing run for mayor of Springfield

29 year-old is former bakery owner, lifelong city resident

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The election is not until November, but there are already three people in the race for mayor of Springfield.

Salvatore “Sal” Circosta invited the public to his home on Burlington Street in Forest Park Thursday, where he announced his candidacy for Mayor. The 29-year-old has been a lifelong Springfield resident.

Circosta is the former owner of Sal’s Bakery and Cafe on Belmont Avenue, where he held public meetings. He recently worked at a church in Agawam. This is not his first run for public office, having unsuccessfully sought the City Council seat for Ward 3 back in 2013.

Circosta told 22News that he chose his front steps to announce his candidacy to bring attention back to where it matters.

“Downtown’s outstanding- I love downtown- however we are a city made up of a lot of neighborhoods, and in those neighborhoods are made up of homes. And in the home and at the kitchen table is where the important conversations happen,” Circosta said.

Circosta is currently up against Johnnie McKnight, who also announced his candidacy this week. McKnight was a former teacher at a juvenile detention center. They both face 8-year incumbent Domenic Sarno.

In addition to the front-porch announcement, Circosta has a campaign kickoff rally at the Student Prince Café scheduled for Thursday evening.

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