PITTSFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Incumbent State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier has won the Democratic nomination in the 3rd Berkshire District, beating back a strong challenge from Pittsfield resident Michael Bloomberg.
With all 14 precincts reporting, Farley-Bouvier has come out on top with 2,687 votes or 54% over Bloomberg with 2,305 or 46%.
Farley-Bouvier will now face Pittsfield City Councilor Christopher Connell, who is running as an independent.
Farley-Bouvier is the only incumbent western Massachusetts legislator to face a primary challenge this year. She won a special election to represent the 3rd Berkshire House seat back in 2011, replacing Rep. Christopher Speranzo, who took a position as a clerk-magistrate. Farley-Bouvier was elected to a full term in 2012, and re-elected in 2014.
Bloomberg is a 2008 graduate of Pittsfield High School and a 2012 graduate of UMass-Amherst. He is a first cousin once removed of former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The 3rd Berkshire District includes most of Pittsfield, except for the far northeastern corner of the city.
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