Outgoing Massachusetts Democratic State Representative Aaron Vega is going to be the city of Holyoke’s chief economic development officer.
Mayor Alex Morse announced Vega will take over in January for Marcos Merrero, who is leaving the post of Director of the city’s Office of Planning and Economic Development to spend more time with his young family.
Vega is a Holyoke native, a business entrepreneur, and a former City Councilor. He announced in February he would not seek re-election to a 5th term representing the 5th Hampden District in the Massachusetts House. Patricia Duffy, the longtime aide to Vega, was elected this month to succeed him.
WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Vega.