Candidates For Massachusetts Legislature Make Their Closing Arguments Over The Holiday Weekend

Sep 1, 2018


Several Democratic primaries are taking place Tuesday in western Massachusetts House and Senate districts.

One of the more spirited contests is between four-term incumbent State Senator James Welch of West Springfield and former Springfield City Councilor Amaad Rivera.

The challenger accuses the suburban legislator of siding with special interests.

"We need a new voice and new change and with your vote on September 4th, we can move in a new directions," said Rivera during a recent debate at FOCUS Springfield.

Welch said his opponent has distorted the facts.

" I've run a very clean, a very positive and most importantly a very honest campaign," declared Welch during the debate shown on Springfield's cable access channel.

   Across Hampshire and Franklin counties more than a dozen Democrats are campaigning in legislative districts left open by death, resignation, and retirements.