SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – During this state primary, perhaps the race that has received the most attention is the one for Hampden County Sheriff. Thursday night, the field of candidates will be narrowed down on the Democratic side.
Running to replace longtime Sheriff Michael Ashe is Governor’s Councilor Michael Albano, Springfield City Councilor Thomas Ashe, and Nick Cocchi, who is assistant superintendent of the Hampden County House of Correction in Ludlow. The campaign for sheriff has become testy and negative at times, and has been high-profile, with television ads and multiple debates.
As of 8:50 P.M., Cocchi was leading with 41% of the vote, with Ashe in second with 34%, and Albano in 3rd with 22%.
Albano posted on his official Facebook and Twitter accounts that he “came up short,” and thanked those who supported him.
Polling places across the state closed at 8:00 P.M. Stay with 22News and WWLP.com throughout the night as the results come in.
The winner of the Democratic primary will face off against independent James Gill and Republican John Comerford in November, unless wire-in candidate Frank Barbaro gets more votes than Comerford Thursday.