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After Long Career In Politics, Springfield State Rep Jose Tosado Announces Retirement

Jose Tosado, official photo

After a more than a 20-year career in politics in the largest city in western Massachusetts, State Representative Jose Tosado of Springfield said he is going to retire.

Tosado, a Democrat, announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election to a fourth term representing the city’s 9th Hampden District.

A social worker by profession before he was elected to the state legislature in 2014, Tosado was the first Latino to serve on the Springfield City Council.  

His retirement announcement came one day after Democratic State Rep. Aaron Vega of Holyoke said he would not seek a new term in the legislature.

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Tosado.

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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