(WWLP) – Jim Welch has declared himself the winner in the race to represent the Hampden District, in the State Senate.
Welch made the announcement at his watch party at around 10:00 p.m.
Welch ran against Springfield City Councilor Amaad Rivera.
He has served in the State Senate since 2010 and previously served as a state representative. His challenger, Rivera, once served as a policy adviser to U.S. Sen. Ed Markey.
“Western Mass is going through a revival and were looking to continue to build on that and I look forward to being a part of that while working with the rest of the western mass delegation,” Welch told 22News.
There is no Republican candidate in the general election, but independent Lorenzo Gaines announced a run earlier this year.
The Hampden District includes all of West Springfield and portions of Springfield and Chicopee.
ELECTION RESULTS: Massachusetts Primary
Thanks everyone for all the help securing our victory tonight. Success would not have been possible without a great group of volunteers and campaign workers. Thanks to all that voted and have placed their trust in me again. Tonight we proved staying positive is a winning strategy— James Welch (@Sen_Jim_Welch) September 5, 2018