SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The polls are closed across Massachusetts in the state primary, and results will be coming in soon.
There are seven contested races in western Massachusetts, and two of those races, the Hampden and Hampshire County Sheriff races, have gotten a lot of attention in recent weeks.
Secretary of State William Galvin has said although voter turnout was expected to be low, those two races could draw voters to the polls. Going into Thursday, Galvin predicted that between 8 to 10 percent of the state’s 4.4 million registered voters would cast a ballot in the primary.
In Hampden County, the three Democratic candidates running for sheriff in Thursday’s primary:
- Governor’s Councilor and former Springfield Mayor Mike Albano
- Springfield City Councilor Tom Ashe
- Deputy Superintendent in the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department Nick Cocchi.
Hampden County Sheriff Michael Ashe has decided not to run for reelection after spending seven terms and more than 40-years in office.
Voters will also see Jack Griffin’s name on the ballot for that election, but he has pulled out of the race.
The three Democratic candidates for Hampshire County Sheriff:
- Hampshire County Jail Assistant Superintendent Patrick Cahillane
- Kavern Lewis, who does security work
- Melissa Perry, the Behavioral Health Nursing Director at Holyoke Medical Center.
They’re all making a bid for Sheriff Robert Garvey’s seat, who’s leaving office after more than 30-years.
Voters will also narrow the field of Democrats in several other races. That includes Governor’s Council for the 8th District, Democratic state representatives for the 11th Hampden District, and 3rd Berkshire District, and State Senator in the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin, and Hampden District.
There are several reasons for the low turnout, including the fact that the election is taking place on a Thursday instead of a Tuesday. There are also fewer candidates this year, and many of the candidates who are running are unopposed.
22News will have full team coverage of the races in western Massachusetts throughout the day, and will have the results on-air at 10 p.m. on The CW Springfield, on 22News at 11, and here on WWLP.com.
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