Jim Welch declares self winner of Democratic primary for Hampden District

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(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

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