State primary election on Thursday

The Hampshire and Hampden County Sheriff’s spots are both up for election

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts voters will head to the polls on Thursday for the state primary.

The state primary this year is being held on a Thursday, instead of a Tuesday, and that could have an impact on voter turnout.

Contests to fill the seats of three departing democratic state senators are among the highlights of this unusual Thursday primary election in Massachusetts.

In western Massachusetts, the Hampshire and Hampden County Sheriff’s spots are both up for election. The governor’s Council in the eighth district, Massachusetts House, third Hampshire District and Massachusetts House eleventh Hampden District are also up for election.

None of the nine members of the state’s all-Democratic U.S. House delegation face challenges within their own party, and Republicans have candidates in only four districts.

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey are not up for re-election this year, and Republican Governor Charlie Baker, along with the state’s other constitutional officers, have more than two years remaining in their current terms.

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