Congressman Joe Kennedy visits Paramount Theater in Springfield

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Congressman Joe Kennedy visited Springfield on Wednesday, just days after announcing his potential run for the U.S. Senate.

Congressman Kennedy said he’s been working closely with Congressman Richard Neal on federal funding for the Paramount Theater revitalization project.

Kennedy, State Rep. Carlos Gonzalez, and leaders of Springfield’s Latino community toured the historic Paramount Theater Wednesday afternoon.

Congressman Kennedy said he’s been working closely with Congressman Richard Neal on the Paramount Theater revitalization project, which is receiving federal funding.

He spent a lot of time in Springfield growing up, and he wanted to see the theater before it gets upgraded. The Paramount Theater first opened in 1929. The $40 million renovations will include an 85-room hotel and an 1,800 seat performing arts center.

“A couple of folks here have been long-time family friends, so the opportunity to come and check out the theater tour the community a little bit and see whats going on,” said Congressman Kennedy.

Kennedy told 22News he still needs time to talk with his family before he decides to launch a primary challenge against fellow Democrat, Senator Ed Markey, who’s announced his bid for re-election.

Joe Kennedy is the grandson of the late Robert F. Kennedy and the son of former Congressman Joe Kennedy. He’s been in the House of representatives since 2013.

Related: Congressman Joe Kennedy III considering run for U.S. Senate

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