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Richard Cohen Talks About Decision To Not Seek Another Term As Agawam Mayor After 17 Years In Office

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     The longest-serving current mayor in western Massachusetts is not seeking re-election this year to a ninth term.

      Agawam Mayor Richard Cohen said he decided after 17 years in office it was time for someone new to become the chief executive of the city of 30,000 people. 

     The Democrat was first elected mayor in 1999. Voters turned him out of office in 2007, but he made a comeback two years later.

  

With a wide open field now, at least three people have said they plan to run for mayor of Agawam. The election is November 7.

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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