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Campaign Heats Up for Hampden County District Attorney

Vote-election(SPRINGFIELD, Mass.) (WGGB)–The September primary election is just one month away and the candidates for Hampden County District Attorney are gearing up for the final few weeks of the campaign.

Former Hampden County District Attorney Mark Mastroianni is now a federal judge.

And the race for district attorney is on.

There are four candidates .

Veteran Hampden County Prosecutor Brett Vottero.

Assistant District Attorney Anthony Gulluni.

Attorney Hal Etkin .

And attorney Shawn Allyn.

For Vottero, this is his second run for D.A.,”I think the district attorney’s office is like no other elected position, when I’m talking to voters and asking them how they’re going to make the decision they’re talking about experience , you wouldn’t want somebody performing surgery on you who just got their start as a doctor and so I think the same is true in the DA’s race,” says Vottero.

Anthony Gulluni has taken a leave of absence from the DA’s office to run for district attorney. Gulluni has a familiar family name. His father is the former Director of the Mass. Career Development Institute,”I think I bring the integrity , the passion, and the dedication and experience to the job but more specifically I’ve worked under DA’s Bennett, and Mastroianni from whom I’ve learned a lot, I’ve worked my way up in the system from the bottom levels to the very highest levels in superior court under district attorney Mastroianni,” says Gulluni.

Attorney Hal Etkin says he’s running for district attorney because he feels the office needs a leadership change,”I think we need to change direction, I think the fact that we’ve been prosecuting the same way for 20 plus years and nothing has changed in fact things have gotten worse I think you need leadership,” says Etkin.

Attorney Shawn Allyn says when it comes to experience for the job, he offers a background that the other candidates do not,”I bring an unmatched range of experience to the district attorney’s office, I’ve been a trial lawyer for 15 years but more importantly I was a social worker for over a half decade where I provided rehabilitative services to the most abused women and children and real victims,” says Allyn.

Since there are no Republicans or Independents in the race the winner of the September 9th Democratic primary will be the next Hampden county district attorney.

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