SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – For the first time in three and a half decades, Hampden County has a new Register of Deeds.
22News was live inside Christopher’s Sports Tavern in Springfield where Cheryl Coakley-Rivera and her supporters celebrated her win in the Hampden County Register of Deeds race.
Coakley Rivera declared victory around 11:00 p.m. alongside State Representative Carlos Gonzalez and Sheriff Nick Cocchi.
Democrat Coakley-Rivera defeated her Republican challenger Marie Angelides receiving about 60 percent of reported votes.
Coakley Rivera served as a State Representative for 16 years before becoming an Assistant Hampden County Superior County Clerk.
22News spoke with both candidates after Tuesday night’s result.
“God has blessed me my whole life and this is a result of God’s blessing win, lose, draw, I’m happy,” Rivera told 22News.
“We did as much as we could, my friend Sheila moved in with me and we were living and breaking this and it was a countywide race so it was quite the challenge,” said Angelides.
Ashe held the position as Register of Deeds in Hampden County for 35 years before he died this summer. The Register of Deeds is responsible for maintaining and recording all legal documents associated with real estate in all 23 Hampden County cities and towns.
Chicopee City Clerk Keith Ratall told 22News they had a 49 percent voter turnout for this election, beating last years mark by 4 percent.
22News hosted a debate between the two candidates WATCH HERE >>