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Democrats Running for State Senate Debate

EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — The Democratic Candidates for State Senate faced off in a debate at Easthampton High School Monday night.
Easthampton Mayor Michael Tautznik and Holyoke City Councilor David Bartley were the candidates involved.

ABC 40’s Ray Hershel was emcee of the event.

Each candidate says he’s the right candidate to fill the Second Hampden and Hampshire District Seat, vacated by Republican Michael Knapik.

Bartley says his stance on the issues sets him apart in this race.

“Every campaign is about issues, and I think I distinguish myself from my Democratic opponent on a few of them. Number one, is I am against the new tolls being imposed, I am against the gas tax as it is currently written, and I am already ahead of my opponent when it comes to be opposed to that awful tech tax. Now it’s been repealed, fortunately. So, we can do better,” said Bartley.

Tautznik says it’s his experience is his primary asset in the campaign.

“I would like to tell you I am the most experienced candidate for State Senate here in the Second Hampden and Hampshire district. I have had seventeen years as mayor, I have seven years prior to that as a member of the Board of Selectmen. I understand local government and I understand state government,” Tautznik said.

The primary election will be October 8th.

On the Republican side, Westfield State Representative Don Humason, and Holyoke Veteran’s Services Officer Michael Franco are vying for the seat.

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