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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.

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.
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