CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Three local seats on the Massachusetts House of Representatives are contested this year.
House 8th Hampden District
Air force veteran Shirley Arriaga has declared victory and her opponent Joel McAuliffe has conceded.
She is a Chicopee High School teacher and former Veterans Director for Congressman Richard Neal. A lifelong Chicopee resident, she picked up an endorsement from her predecessor Representative Joseph Wagner. He is retiring, more than three decades after he was first elected to the Legislature.
Arriaga is looking forward to initiatives such as funding for education- affordable housing- and reproductive rights, “Well we’re gonna learn and we’re gonna get to work and that means obtaining and securing funds for education and resources here and helping our folks with the issues that truly matter.”
There is no Republican candidate on the ballot but Arriaga will face off against Independent candidate Sean Goonan in November. The 8th Hampden District includes most of the city of Chicopee.
House 11th Hampden District
Democrat Bud Williams has represented the 11th Hampden District since 2017. Prior to that, he was a Springfield City Councilor, and ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2009.
Williams has been declared the winner by Associated Press. He was being challenged by Jynai McDonald, a small business owner and community advocate who ran unsuccessfully for City Council in 2019 and 2021.
There is no Republican candidate on the ballot. The district includes most of central Springfield.
House 1st Berkshire District
North Adams Democratic Rep. John Barrett is running for his third full term in office. He was first elected in a 2017 special election to fill-out the remainder of the term of Rep. Gailanne Carridi, following her death.
Prior to serving in the Legislature, Barrett had served as mayor of North Adams for 13 terms, becoming the longest-serving mayor in the state, prior to being defeated for re-election in 2009.
He is challenged by Paula Kingsbury-Evans, an MCLA student who has done extensive volunteer work in the community.
The 1st Berkshire District includes all precincts in Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Florida, Hancock, Hinsdale, Lanesborough, New Ashford, North Adams, Peru, Savoy, Williamstown, and Windsor.