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Most elections for Massachusetts Legislature are uncontested

Paul Tuthill
Voters mark their ballots at a polling location in Springfield, Massachusetts in November 2018.

Open seats are where voters have choices

Nearly two-thirds of the seats in the Massachusetts legislature are uncontested on November election ballots.

In western Massachusetts, there is a two-person race with no incumbent running in the newly-drawn Hampden, Hampshire and Worcester Senate District.

In the Hampden and Hampshire District, a first-term Democratic State Senator has a Republican challenger.

As is the case throughout the state, there are few election contests in western Massachusetts this year for seats in the House side of the state legislature.

The exceptions include the 3rd, 7th and 8th Hampden Districts.

To breakdown these races, WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill Spoke with Matt Szafranski, Editor-In-Chief of Western Massachusetts Politics & Insight.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.