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Jack Griffin Quits Race For Sheriff, Endorses Tom Ashe


A candidate in one of this year’s high profile elections in western Massachusetts has dropped out and endorsed a former rival.

Jack Griffin, a retired addiction specialist, exited the race for Hampden County Sheriff, and announced he was “100 percent behind Tom Ashe,” a fellow Democrat.  

Griffin attributed his endorsement to Ashe’s plan to open unused beds at the county jail for people under court order to obtain treatment for substance abuse.

"To have somebody who I believe out of all the candidates has  a like-minded soul, I firmly know I am supporting the right candidate," Griffin said at a news conference Thursday at the Ashe Campaign Headquarters in Springfield.

   Ashe said Griffin’s endorsement is a big boost to his campaign. 

Griffin’s departure leaves three candidates competing for the Democratic nomination: Ashe, Mike Albano and Nick Cocchi.

The Democratic primary is Sept. 8.

An independent, James Gill, and  Republican John Comerford are also running to succeed Sheriff Mike Ashe , who is retiring after 40 years.

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.
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