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Politicians and Candidates Celebrate Annual Irish Bash

irish bashSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – It was the sounds of the season all around at Friday’s Annual Irish Bash at the John Boyle O’Reilly Club.

“It’s great to carry on and show the younger kids that this is a heritage and it’s very important to keep it going,” said Springfield City Councilor, Tom Ashe.

Councilor Ashe said it’s a way for state-wide political candidates to meet Western Mass and plead their cases for votes. Gubernatorial candidates were there who wanted to focus on jobs.

“You’ve got some of the best community colleges in Mass., some of the best four year schools, from Westfield State to MCLA. You have all the resources here. Manufacturing is in the bones of Western Mass,” said Steve Grossman, candidate for Governor.

There were also Attorney General Candidates who were focused on justice.

“I want to be a regular visitor here. I want to be someone who works for the people of all the state and I want the people of Western Mass to know they will have someone in their corner, fighting for them and advocating for them 365 days a year,” said Warren E. Tolman, candidate for Attorney General.

Treasurer candidates who are looking to grow the economy also attended the party.

“[We need to be] investing more state cash in local banks who can lend to local businesses, which local businesses can grow and hire people with good main stream jobs. That’s going to grow the economy,” said Tom Conroy, candidate for treasurer.

Candidates mingled with the crowd saying they know how important St. Patrick’s Day is to Western Mass and their campaigns.

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