SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Three Massachusetts Republicans hoping to win a senate seat squared-off in Springfield Thursday night for their first debate in western Massachusetts.
Gabriel Gomez, Dan Winslow, and Michael Sullivan all are hoping to fill the senate seat left vacant by now -Secretary of State John Kerry.
Gomez calls himself a "new generation Republican." A 47 year old former NAVY SEAL, he supports gay marriage and supports the Keystone Oil Pipeline.
Winslow, a state representative from Norfolk, calls western Massachusetts his home. Born in Northampton and raised in Amherst, he supports a cap on congressional spending and eliminating over-regulation on small businesses.
Michael Sullivan is a father of four, and the former U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts. Sullivan is a pro-life Republican who says he supports shrinking the size of the federal government.
They debated at 7:00PM at City Stage in Springfield.
The debate was televised our second digital channel, 22.2 which, on Comcast it was channel 288 and channel 260 if you have Charter.
Debate was also streamed live here on WWLP.com on any device.
On Wednesday, the Democrats had their chance to debate.
Congressmen Stephen Lynch and Edward Markey sparred over healthcare. Markey said that voting for the President's Affordable Care Act was the most proud moment of his career, while Lynch admitted that it was a mistake not to vote for it.
The primary for the special senate election will take place on April 30, while the general election is scheduled for June 25.
The deadline for new voters to be registered is April 10.