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Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse

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Holyoke, Massachusetts Mayor Alex Morse was back in the Paper City last night to concede after his bid to unseat Congressman Richard Neal in the 1st House district fell short. WAMC was there.

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Voters have been voting early and mailing in ballots ahead of the Massachusetts primary Tuesday. WAMC has this recap of the contentious Democratic race in the 1st House district.


Holyoke, Massachusetts mayor and Democratic congressional candidate Alex Morse has announced a new round of Berkshire County endorsements. WAMC reports Morse is pledging to establish a dedicated Rural Desk if elected.


   Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal of Springfield and Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, who is challenging the 30-year incumbent in the Democratic primary, held their first debate Monday.  They spent the majority of the hour viciously attacking each other’s records.

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In an exclusive interview with WAMC Monday evening, Holyoke, Massachusetts Mayor and Democratic congressional primary candidate Alex Morse responded to questions about alleged misconduct with students from his time teaching at UMass Amherst. 


Alex Morse is vowing to stay in the race for Congress in western Massachusetts as he defends himself against allegations of sexual misconduct with college students.

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As Holyoke, Massachusetts Mayor and congressional candidate Alex Morse responds to allegations of sexual misconduct, his supporters in Berkshire County are responding as well.

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse addresses supporters after winning reelection

Apologizing for “unacceptable behavior” in how he interacted with college students, Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse says he will remain in the race for Congress. In a lengthy statement Sunday night, Morse also says he will cooperate with UMass Amherst, which is investigating the 31-year-old, who has taught at the college and acknowledged having sexual relationships with college students.

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With Democratic primary voters beginning to cast early ballots in the race for the 1st House district in Massachusetts, Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse is admitting he had sexual relationships with college students, following a report by the student newspaper at UMass Amherst. In a statement, Morse acknowledged showing "poor judgment."

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Holyoke, Massachusetts Mayor Alex Morse’s Congressional campaign has been endorsed by former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang.

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Three Pittsfield, Massachusetts city councilors are endorsing Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse in his bid to unseat Congressman Richard Neal.

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse announces the St. Patrick's Parade and Road Race have been cancelled due to concern about the coronavirus.

One of the largest annual events in western Massachusetts has been cancelled due to concerns about the novel coronavirus.

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The Berkshire County chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America is backing the challenger in the 1st Massachusetts Congressional district primary.

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Western Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal is criticizing his 2020 Democratic primary challenger, Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, as he seeks to continue his 30-year Congressional tenure. 

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Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse continues to get a lukewarm reaction from fellow elected officials as he challenges longtime Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal.

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses a shooting at a California food festival that left four people dead on Sunday, including the gunman. 

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     Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse Monday night hosted a launch party for his congressional campaign with a reported 200 supporters.

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The mayor of Holyoke, Massachusetts has appointed a new police chief who will be the first Latino to lead the department. 

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      First elected in 2011 as the youngest mayor in Holyoke, Massachusetts, Alex Morse again made history in the Paper City Tuesday.

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   Mayors and local officials in Massachusetts Wednesday showed their support for the federal Community Development Block Grant program that has been proposed for elimination by President Trump.   A series of speakers, a slide show, and photo displays highlighted how CDBG money has been spent in Holyoke.


    A legislative committee looking into possible changes to the voter-approved Massachusetts marijuana law heard appeals from law enforcement, public health advocates, local government officials, and legalization proponents at a hearing in western Massachusetts last night.

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The year began with a tragedy in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

A fire that was reported just before 9 a.m. New Year’s Day swept through a five-story apartment building.

Three people died and almost 50 people were left homeless.  Many of the tenants fled wearing only pajamas and all their possessions were destroyed.    More than a week after the devastating fire, efforts continue to help the victims.  

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse.               


  Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse has become the first mayor in Massachusetts to announce support for legalizing recreational marijuana, a stand that puts him at odds with other mayors and elected officials across the state. 

   Morse announced he plans to vote “yes” on question 4 on the Massachusetts election ballot this November which, if passed, would legalize recreational marijuana use for those 21 and older and authorize creating a system of retail marijuana stores, cultivating facilities, and manufacturers of edible products. 


The site of an historic paper mill in western Massachusetts is going to be redeveloped to create new jobs and sources of renewable energy.

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse announced a $10 million deal Monday to clean up and redevelop the former Parson’s Paper Company mill. The project will rid the city of significant blight, expand manufacturing, and create at least 30 new jobs.


      Hillary Clinton scored a tight victory over Bernie Sanders in the Massachusetts Democratic presidential primary Tuesday. Supporters of both candidates came together last night to talk unity in the wake of a hard-fought campaign.

The race was so close that the Associated Press did not call the Massachusetts primary for Clinton until shortly before midnight, almost four hours after the polls closed.  The unofficial results with more than 95 percent of the state’s precincts reporting had Clinton with 50.3 percent of the vote to 48.5 percent for Sanders.

A former coal-burning power plant, blamed by environmentalists for polluting the air in western Massachusetts, is being considered as a site to produce clean, renewable energy.

A year-long study into redeveloping the Mount Tom Power Station has come up with three reuse options for the 128-acre property that sits along the Connecticut River in Holyoke. Each of the three scenarios includes a solar power facility.

State and local officials in Holyoke, Massachusetts say they have acted aggressively to make changes in a public school program where emotionally disabled children were allegedly abused. A disturbing report this week from an advocacy group said children were restrained, tackled, and slapped for misbehaving. 

The abuses inflicted on disabled fourth through eighth grade students by staff at the Peck School are among the worst ever investigated by the Disability Law Center, according to Stan Eichner, the organization’s litigation director.


In western Massachusetts Tuesday, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos were re-elected by big margins.  Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse squeaked out a victory in a contest where bad blood remained even after the votes were counted.

Holyoke business owner Francis O'Connell, making his first run for public office, finished second in the preliminary election for Holyoke mayor.  He will be in the Nov. 3rd election ballot with two-term incumbent Mayor Alex Morse.   Morse received 2,694 votes in Tuesday's preliminary election. O'Connell had 2,450. A third candidate, Holyoke City Councilor Anthony Soto was eliminated from the mayor's race by a third place finish with 1,145 votes. Twenty-five percent of Holyoke's registered voters cast ballots in the preliminary.


Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, who is running for a third two-year term, finished first in Tuesday's preliminary election.  Morse will face businessman Francis O'Connell in the November 3rd election.  Morse received 2,694  votes to O'Connell's 2,450.   Anthony Soto, a Holyoke city councilor, came in third with  1,145 votes and so will not appear on the November ballot.   Twenty-five percent of Holyoke's registered voters cast ballots in the preliminary election.