(WWLP) – The Governor’s Council is made up of eight individuals elected from districts, and the lieutenant governor.
The council provides advice and consent on gubernatorial appointments, pardons and commutations, and warrants for the state treasury.
Governor’s Council, 7th District
Jennie Caissie of Oxford is currently the only member of the Republican Party on the eight-member Governor’s Council, which votes on judicial nominations. She is being challenged by Worcester attorney Paul DePalo, a Democrat.
As of 11:46 p.m. Tuesday night, Caissie is leading the race with 61 percent reporting.
The Seventh District includes most of central Massachusetts, in addition to the Hampden County towns of Palmer, Monson, Brimfield, Holland, and Wales, and the town of Ware in Hampshire County.
Governor’s Council, 8th District
Incumbent Democrat Mary Hurley is running for her second two-year term on the Governor’s Council. She is challenged for re-election this year by independent Mike Franco of Holyoke, a veteran and father’s rights advocate.
As of 11:47 p.m. Tuesday night, Hurley is leading the race with 73 percent reporting.