Tautznik has been mayor since 1996 and says he’d planned on leaving that office for the private sector until the second Hampden and Hampshire Senate seat suddenly became available.
The Democrat is currently on vacation but did send us a statement which reads in part:
“I was actually preparing to seek private sector employment and had made some promising inquiries. That changed completely when Mike announced he had taken a job at WSU and would step down. I decided to run for the vacant Second Hampden Hampshire Senate seat within hours of hearing the news and after several positive inquiries from friends and constituents. I have a long and well documented record of exemplary elective service and this opportunity comes at a perfect time in my life. My wife and family are completely supportive and I believe I can serve the district to the standard we have enjoyed with Senator Knapik,” explains Tautznik.
Republican State Representative from Westfield, Don Humason has also said he will run for the office.
A special election for that seat is scheduled for November 5.