Mayoral races being held Tuesday

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(WWLP) – 22News is Your Local Election Headquarters and on Tuesday, voters in western Massachusetts’ cities will be voting on offices including mayor, city council, school committee, and more.

Five cities in the Pioneer Valley have races for mayor.

Holyoke mayoral debate on 22News

In Holyoke, Blandford Town Administrator Joshua Garcia is running against City Councilor Michael Sullivan for a four-year term as Holyoke’s mayor. It’s an open seat after longtime Mayor Alex Morse left office earlier this year to become town administrator in Provincetown and acting Mayor Terry Murphy is not running for a term of his own.

Westfield mayoral debate on 22News

In Westfield, the race for mayor is a rematch of the 2019 race, with Mayor Don Humason being challenged by former police captain Michael McCabe. This is for a two-year term.

Agawam mayoral debate on 22News

Agawam Mayor Bill Sapelli is running for a third two-year term in office. After having no challenger two years ago, this year, he is being challenged by financial advisor Charlie Alvanos, who is a former teacher and union leader.

Northampton mayoral debate on 22News

Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz is not running for re-election, so running to replace him are City Councilor Gina-Louise Sciarra and transportation consultant Marc Warner.

Easthampton mayoral debate on 22News

In Easthampton, there is a three-way race for mayor. Incumbent Mayor Nicole LaChapelle is running for a four-year term, and is being challenged by brewery founder Eric Berzins, and city resident Keith Routhier. This year’s election will feature ranked-choice voting where voters rank candidates in order of preference. But it will only be triggered if no candidate receives more than 50 percent of first-preference votes.

Cities that don’t have a mayoral election this year, such as Springfield, have races for City Council and School Committee. There are also ballot questions in Northampton, Amherst, and Greenfield.

22News spoke with people about what they are looking for in a candidate.

“I look for someone who tells the truth which is hard to find. So I look for more character than I do policy,” said Jacob Tuvek of Westfield.

Dan Frye of Springfield told 22News, “People who are involved in the community, especially on city council. If they are going to be representing the different wards, they should be involved in that community.”

Different cities and towns have different polling hours. The polls open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. in Chicopee and Westfield. Polling hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Amherst, Easthampton, Greenfield, Northampton, Springfield, and West Springfield. Polls are open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Agawam, Holyoke, and Pittsfield.

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