AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – It is a race that is a rematch from the 2010 election, and this time the result appears to be the same. State Rep. Nick Boldyga is declaring victory in the race to represent the 3rd Hampden District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
22News reporter Tashanea Whitlow is at Boldyga’s party at the Main Street Deli in Agawam, where the Southwick Republican says he has won the race, carrying seven out of the eight precincts in Agawam; the district’s most populous community.
With 42% of precincts reporting, Boldyga is leading with 5,661 votes or 65% to Democrat Rosemary Sandlin’s 3,076 votes or 35%.
A former Southwick Selectman, Boldyga unseated Sandlin in the 2010 election. The Agawam Democrat had previously represented the district for two terms.
Sandlin was a late entrant into this year’s race. Agawam Town Councilor Richard Theroux was running as a Democratic candidate but dropped out this summer. Sandlin was not on the ballot in the September primary, but secured more than enough write-in votes to appear on the November ballot.
The 3rd Hampden District includes all precincts in Agawam, Granville, and Southwick.