(WWLP) – There are several contested races within Massachusetts House of Representatives this Election Day.
State House – 1st Hampden District
Republican Rep. Todd Smola of Warren is running for his eighth two-year term in office representing the 1st Hampden District. He is facing a challenge for re-election by Sturbridge Democrat Tanya Neslusan, a health information technology specialist and political advocate.
As of 11:20 p.m., Smola is leading the race with 67 percent of precincts reporting.
22News hosted the candidates for a debate ahead of Election Day WATCH HERE >>
The 1st Hampden District includes all precincts in Palmer, Brimfield, Wales, Holland, Warren, and Sturbridge, as well as most of the town of Ware.
State House – 2nd Hampden District
Incumbent Democrat Brian Ashe declared victory for his sixth term in office. He was challenged this year by Republican Allison Werder, the former president of Mass Live.
Ashe gave his victory speech here at Fazio’s restaurant just before 10 p.m. He was surrounded by supporters, family and friends. Ashe has held the second Hampden District seat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 2008.
Ashe told 22News one of his top priorities is helping those impacted by the opioid epidemic. He also said there was a great turnout of voters for Tuesday’s midterm elections.
“Happy that the voters came out in droves, and so happy that they saw the good work I’ve done over the last ten years and throughout the campaign,” Ashe told 22News.
Ashe is ahead of Republican candidate Allison Werder by almost 2,000 votes. Werder also had a party Tuesday night, with her supporters at Center Square Grill. She thanked them for their support since her campaigning began back in February.
The Town of Hampden counts their votes by hand so those results won’t be in until very early Wednesday morning at the earliest we are told.
22News hosted a debate between the candidates ahead of Election Day. WATCH HERE >>
The suburban-based district includes all precincts in Longmeadow, Hampden, and Monson, as well as three out of the four precincts of East Longmeadow.
State House- 3rd Hampden District
Representative Nicholas Boldyga is running for his fifth term in the House of Representatives this year. His challenger this year is Agawam resident and school bus driver Forrest Bradford.
As of 11:22 p.m., Boldyga is leading the race with 92 percent reporting.
The Third Hampden District includes all precincts in Agawam, Southwick, and Granville.
State House – 12th Hampden District
Democrat Angelo Puppolo has been re-elected for his seventh term in the State House this year. He was challenged this year by independent Donald Flannery, a realtor from Wilbraham.
The 12th Hampden District includes all of Wilbraham, the northernmost portion of East Longmeadow, and sections of Springfield’s Sixteen Acres, East Forest Park, and Forest Park neighborhoods.
State House – 2nd Hampshire District
The Second Hampshire District seat in the House of Representatives is open this year, following the decision of longtime Democratic Rep. John Scibak to retire.
Daniel Carey leads and with a pretty good margin in Tuesday’s midterm elections. Carey is leading his opponent, Donald Peltier with 81 percent of the votes.
Carey is an Easthampton City Councilor who won a contested three-way Democratic primary in September for his party’s nomination.
John Scibak previously held the seat but he announced retirement earlier this year. The other candidate is Republican Donald Peltier of South Hadley.
The Second Hampshire District includes all precincts in Easthampton, Hadley, and South Hadley, as well as the southern half of the town of Granby.
State House – 3rd Hampshire District
First-term Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose, who left the Democratic Party to become an independent, ended his campaign prior to the primary and endorsed Democrat Mindy Domb, who went on to win her party’s nomination. Though he is now supporting Domb, Goldstein-Rose’s name nevertheless still appears on the ballot.
As of 11:30 p.m., Domb is leading the race with 17 percent reporting.
The 3rd Hampshire District includes all precincts in Amherst and Pelham, as well as the northern half of the town of Granby.
State House – 2nd Franklin District
Two-term State Rep. Susannah Whipps left the Republican Party last year to become an independent lawmaker. She faces a challenge this year from Democrat Johnny Arena, a 23-year-old resident of Gill.
As of 11:30 p.m., Whipps is leading the race with 72 percent reporting.
The 2nd Franklin includes all of part of 12 different communities, including five towns in northwestern Worcester County, the Franklin County towns of Gill, Erving, Warwick, Wendell, Orange, and New Salem, and a single precinct in the Hampshire County town of Belchertown, which is only connected to the rest of the district by water.
State House – 5th Worcester District
Republican Rep. Donald Berthiaume of Spencer is running for his third term in the House of Representatives. He is being challenged this year by author and filmmaker Jean Strauss of East Brookfield.
As of 11:30 p.m., Berthiaume is leading the race with 36 percent reporting.
The district is almost entirely in central Massachusetts but does include a single precinct in Ware.