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

Sep 1, 2018

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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.