Sullivan, Garcia move on to November elections in race to become mayor of Holyoke

Hampden County

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Holyoke had seven mayoral candidates fighting for a spot on the November ballot. 

Tuesday night, voters elected candidates Michael Sullivan and Joshua Garcia to be the mayoral candidates. Both candidates told 22News they are eager for the general election and want to get to work right away. 

Michael Sullivan was the winner in Tuesday’s election, securing 28 percent of the votes. Joshua Garcia came in second with 22 percent of the votes. This wasn’t an easy nomination, the preliminary race was tight, seven people were running as mayoral candidates. 

This means both Sullivan and Garcia will be on the ballot running for mayor come the general election in November. 22News spoke with Sullivan and Garcia about what their plans are for Holyoke if elected mayor in November. 

“It’s about bringing jobs back to Holyoke, capitalizing on our green energy, taking back control on our schools again. Really just bringing Holyoke back,” said Sullivan. 

Garcia said, “I do look forward to hitting the ground running on that process collaborating with our council with our department heads so we can identify where the insufficiencies are in our local government help bridge those gaps, and look forward to provide optimal services coming fiscal year ’23.” 

Voters at the polls told 22News that there is a lot at stake in this election. They feel this is a turning point for Holyoke, especially since former Alex Morse left office early.  

So, residents are eager for this upcoming general election on November 2. Full elections results below:

Holyoke residents went to the polls bright and early Tuesday morning when they opened at 7 a.m.

“Why did you come out here today?”

“It’s my patriotic duty. It’s the most important thing, as an American, that we can do,” said Holyoke resident Stanley Krzynowek.

This is the first mayoral election in Holyoke that doesn’t have former mayor, Alex Morse, on the ballot in ten years. Current Acting Mayor Terence Murphy is not running for the job either. He’s taken over since Morse stepped down to become Provincetown’s town administrator.

Preliminary elections are held in Massachusetts when there is more than twice the number of candidates running than there are seats available.

“It’s very important because we want the people that matter the most to us. So, we know what we’re going to do. We’re going to go ahead and do it and we’re going to hope this is the best thing we ever did,” said Barbara Gaughan of Holyoke.

Polls closed at 8 p.m.

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