SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Ending a campaign that involved numerous debates and frequent television ads, Mary Hurley has won the Democratic primary to represent the 8th District of Massachusetts in the Governor’s Council, the Associated Press projects
With 94% of precincts reporting, Hurley received 33,002 votes or 59% to Jeff Morneau’s 23,257 votes or 41%.
The Governor’s Council is an elected body that meets once a week in Boston. It votes on judicial nominees, and advises the governor on matters such as pardons and commutations.
Hurley served as mayor of Springfield from 1989 to 1991, and is so far the only woman to have held that office. She later served as a judge.
Morneau is an attorney, who serves as president of the Hampden County Bar Association.
Both Hurley and Morneau are residents of East Longmeadow.
There are no Republican candidates in the race.
The 8th District seat is currently represented by Councilor Michael Albano (D-Longmeadow), who decided to run for Hampden County Sheriff this year. The 8th District seat includes nearly all of western Massachusetts, except for extreme eastern portions of Hampden and Hampshire Counties. It also includes the Worcester County town of Royalston.
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