Western Massachusetts Senate seat up for grabs

Democratic candidates for the Berkshire, Hampshire, Hampden, and Franklin Senate district. From left to right: Rinaldo Del Gallo, Andrea Harrington, and Adam Hinds.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Three Democrat candidates are seeking the senate seat for the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden District Primary. The district is the largest in the state, covering 52 communities including Chesterfield, Goshen, Huntington, Williamsburg, and Worthington. Senator Ben Downing, who represented the district for a decade, announced in January he would not seek re-election.

The candidates looking to take Downing’s place are Rinaldo del Gallo III, Adam Hinds, and Andrea Harrington. Hinds is the Executive Director of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition. Del Gallo III and Harrington are both attorneys. Whoever wins tonight will run against uncontested Republican nominee Christine Canning November 8th.

A Massachusetts Representative seat will also be decided tonight. Incumbent Tricia Falrey-Bouvier is seeking reelection to her third full term in the Massachusetts House representing the 3rd Berkshire District. Her opponent is Michael Bloomberg, a 2012 graduate of UMass Amherst, who lives in Pittsfield. There is no Republican candidate on the ballot for November.

Polls will be open until 8 p.m.

Primary day in Massachusetts

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