Another western Massachusetts state representative has announced he isn’t running for re-election.
Amherst independent Solomon Goldstein-Rose announced in an email to supporters and on Facebook Thursday evening that he won’t run for a second term representing the 3rd Hampshire District.
Goldstein-Rose came out the winner of a multi-candidate Democratic primary in 2016 and won election to replace longtime Rep. Ellen Story. He left the Democratic party to become an independent this past winter.
Two Democrats, Eric Nakajima and Mindy Domb, are currently running for their party’s nomination in the district, which i includes all of Amherst and Pelham and part of Granby. There are no Republican candidates in the race.
Goldstein-Rose says that he wants to focus his efforts now on electing a new president and working on federal energy initiatives.
Goldstein-Rose’s departure means that the majority of Hampshire County will certainly be represented by a new member of the legislature following November’s elections. First Hampshire District Rep. Peter Kocot (D-Northampton) died in February, leaving his seat vacant. Second Hampshire District Rep. John Scibak (D-South Hadley) announced his intention to retire after this current term, as had Rep. Stephen Kulik (D-Worthington), who represents much of western Hampshire County as part of the First Franklin District.
The only communities in Hampshire County that are represented by lawmakers running for re-election are Belchertown, represented by Rep. Thomas Petrolati (D-Ludlow) and Rep. Susannah Whipps (Ind.-Athol), and Ware, represented by Rep. Todd Smola (R-Warren) and Donald Berthiaume (R-Spencer).