Not much competition for seats in the State House

Over 70 percent of state legislators are running unopposed on Election Day

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BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Lawmakers represent your voice at the State House in Boston. There are 160 seats up for grabs in the Massachusetts legislature, but you might be surprised to learn that 116 of those races are unopposed.

There’s very little competition in the State Senate as a whole. Twenty-five out of the forty sitting senators have no challengers this November.

In western Massachusetts, there’s a contested race for all but one Senate seat, and that’s for the Hampden District. West Springfield State Senator Jim Welch is running unopposed for that seat.

Several western Massachusetts incumbents in the House face no opposition this year. Chicopee state Representative Joseph Wagner said many people may not want a job in public service because it comes with the possibility of intensive scrutiny.  “They’re public positions,” he explained, “and so by their nature, they are in positions that extend beyond the professional and sometimes into the personal.”

Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, November 8th.

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