(WGGB) – Results are in for eleven area cities and towns, as voters narrowed down the field of candidates vying for state Senate.
Four candidates – two Democrats and two Republicans – faced off in Tuesday’s primary for the 2nd Hampden-Hampshire Senate seat, which was left vacant by former state Senator Michael Knapik.
Knapik resigned from the Senate in August to take a position with Westfield State University.
The winners tonight were Republican Don Humason and Democrat David Bartley. It was a close race though between current Holyoke city councilor, Bartley and Easthampton mayor, Michael Tautznik.
ABC40 caught up with Bartley and his supporters tonight who were gathered at Pic’s Pub in Holyoke. He told us he’s all ready to be a voice for western Massachusetts in Boston.
“There’s 11 communities in the district. It has been pummeled by Boston. 38% decrease in five years. Meanwhile the state budget is up 30% and there’s something wrong with that. That’s called representation. That’s what we plan to do, represent western Mass., represent western Mass’s interests. I think we can do it,” says Bartley.
Winner of the Republican primary, Humason was at E.B’s restaurant in Agawam tonight with his supporters. He says he’s already looking to win over voters from both parties in the upcoming general election.
“I am proud to be a Republican, and (have) taken some good votes as a Republican. But first and foremost, I’d be the Senator for the second Hampden and Hampshire district. So my votes would be what is best for the cities and towns in this part of the state,” notes Humason.
Now the two finalists will face off in the special Senate election on November 5.
With all eleven municipalities reporting - Southampton, Russell, Southwick, Granville, Chicopee, Agawam, Montgomery, Westfield, Holyoke, Easthampton, and Tolland - here are the results:
David Bartley: 3383 – 52%
Michael Tautznik: 3140 - 48%
Michael Franco: 491 – 13%
Don Humason: 3361 – 87%