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Candidates Attend Last Debate Before Special Election for State Representative

westfield debateWESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – A State Representative seat is open for the taking and two men are up for it, butting heads in their final debate before the special election.

Both Dan Allie (R) and John Velis (D) met at the Westfield Anthenum to hash out their issues Thursday night. They’re looking to fill the seat vacated by now State Senator Don Humason.

Both candidates are army veterans, but Velis is an attorney and a captain in the U.S. Army who was awarded a bronze star for his service in Afghanistan. If elected, Velis said his number one priority is to fight for more local aid.

“Going around door to door hearing people talk, they’re just sick of the process. They’re sick of the politics, the back stabbing involved in the political process. With John Velis it’s all about what is in the best interest of Westfield. I have a singular focus: putting Westfield first and I don’t care about party politics,” said Velis.

His opponent Allie is a Westfield City Councilor and a small business owner. Among his priorities include creating jobs. He didn’t want to go on camera with us at the debate.

The special election is going to be held Tuesday April 1.

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