State Senate president Harriette Chandler will not be giving candidates any extra time to place their name on the ballot for the seat vacated by Stanley Rosenberg.
Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz had asked the Senate consider even a two-week extension for candidates to file papers to run.
Rosenberg’s resignation Friday came just days after the deadline, and with only one candidate in the ballot, Narkewicz said it didn’t leave room for debate on what’s best for the district.
Until a new senator is elected, the First Hampshire District, which includes Northampton, will have no representation in the state legislature.
“Northampton now does not have a state senator and does not have a state representative for the next eight months until January of 2019, so those are other extraordinary circumstances we were facing,” said Mayor Narkewicz.
People vying for Rosenberg’s seat will now have to run a write-in campaign. Northampton City Council President Ryan O’Donnell has said he will challenge Chelsea Kline, who will be on the ballot.
State Senators from neighboring districts said they will advocate for the First Hampshire District while they have no representation.