AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Community activist Solomon Goldstein-Rose has won the most crowded of local primary races, beating out five other candidates to secure the Democratic nomination in the 3rd Hampshire District of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
With 100% of precincts reporting, Goldstein-Rose received 1,779 votes or 34% to Eric Nakajima’s 1,202 votes or 23%, Sarah LaCour’s 968 votes or 19%, Vira Douangmany Cage’s 688 votes or 13%, Bonnie MacCracken’s 364 votes or 7%, and Lawrence O’Brien’s 188 votes or 4%.
Because there are no Republicans, independent, or third-party candidates in the race, barring a robust write-in campaign during the general election in November, Goldstein Rose will likely be the new state Rep. for the 3rd Hampshire District.
Goldstein Rose credits retiring state Rep. Ellen Story for getting him involved in politics at age 12. He is now 22 years old.
In a 22News debate, Goldstein Rose said he’ll fight for education, the environment, and clean energy. We caught up with him at the Paradise of India restaurant in Amherst and asked him to deliver a message to voters.
“To everyone, thank you. This was a surprisingly high turnout election for a Thursday, when no one really knows what’s happening. We had about 4,500 people turn out. We need way more people engaged in politics, especially way more young people,” Goldstein-Rose said.
Goldstein-Rose is on record supporting the Fair Share Amendment, he wants to put a tax on carbon pollution, reduce property taxes and increase the income tax to fund public schools.
He supports a $15 an hour minimum wage, single-payer healthcare, drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants, and allowing Syrian refugees.
Goldstein-Rose also says he supports the legalization of recreational pot for people 21 and older.
The 3rd Hampshire District includes all precincts in the towns of Amherst and Pelham, as well as the northern half of the town of Granby.
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