Congressman Kennedy tours businesses in western Massachusetts Friday

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Congressman Joe Kennedy stopped by West Springfield to meet supporters as he continues campaigning before the senate primary election in September.

22News spoke with Congressman Kennedy about some recent poll numbers showing Senator Markey leading. He said despite those numbers, he is seeing major support from the western Massachusetts communities.

Kennedy visited supporters at the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England as part of his Jobs and Justice Tour across the state. There he received endorsements from West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt, Former Mayor Ed Sullivan, and City Councillors Sean Powers, Brian Griffin, and George Kelly. Martin Luther King III had also recently came out to endorse Kennedy.

According to a recent poll conducted by UMass Amherst, Markey is leading Kennedy by 15 points in the Massachusetts Democratic Senate Primary. This is a 12 point increase compared to the last numbers polled back in February but Congressman Kennedy told 22News he is still confident.

“The support that I have gotten on across western Massachusetts today, the support that we get, the response that we get every single day across the state is really encouraging. So I think we are winning this race and I look forward doing that on September 1st.”

Congressman Joe Kennedy III
Mayor Reichelt endorsing Joe Kennedy.

The poll also showed that Kennedy would best represent Catholics. Kennedy is tied with Markey to represent women and racial minorities.

There are 18 days left until the primary election on September 1st.

Kennedy also visited Boyd Technologies in Lee at 9 a.m. to discuss advanced manufacturing, the Public Market in West Stockbridge at 10 a.m., and visited small businesses and greeted supporters in Pittsfield at 10:35 a.m.

He also visited White Lion Brewery in Springfield, at 2:15 p.m., which is one of the few Black-owned breweries in the country. Kennedy also joined Springfield City Councilor Malo Brown to meet supporters and visit businesses in the area at 3:10 p.m.

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