SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Four candidates running for Springfield’s Ward 4 City Council seat attended a debate at the Rebecca Johnson School on Tuesday night.
Debaters Jynai McDonald, Lorenzo Gaines, Malo Brown and Larry Lawson are four of the five candidates running for the open seat. The fifth candidate in the race, George Savage, was not in Tuesday night’s debate.
The Ward 4 seat is being vacated by Councilor E. Henry Twiggs, who has held the seat for ten years. Twiggs is retiring at the end of the year.
22News spoke with voters attending the debate about their views on the race.
“It’s important that we as a community come together and support people who are looking to make changes in our community,” said Springfield resident, Lakia Baymon.
Another Springfield resident told 22News he’s interested in specific community issues.
“Education, more involvement, community activism and more engagement with the youth,” Kyre Mkynard said.
Twiggs was elected to the council in 2009 after the re-instatement of Ward representation in the city.
The field of five candidates will be narrowed down to two in the city’s preliminary election, which will be held on September 10. The general election is November 5.
Located in the center of the city, Ward 4 includes the city’s McKnight, Bay, and Old Hill neighborhoods, as well as portions of the Upper Hill neighborhood and a small segment of Pine Point.