Special election set for Massachusetts State Senate seat

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August 13, 2013

By Nick Katers


BOSTON, Massachusetts: The Massachusetts State Senate is set to approve election dates to fill the vacant seat in Second Hampden and Hampshire District. Senator Michael Knapik recently resigned from the seat to take a position at Westfield State University. The Senate will likely vote Thursday to schedule a primary on October 8 and a general election on November 5. The special election date was selected to coincide with municipal elections, thus saving money on election administration.[1]

Knapik was first elected to the Senate in 1994 after serving for three years in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He served on several prominent committees including the Senate Ways and Means Committee and the Rules Joint Committee. Knapik’s resignation leaves only three Republican members in the Senate. Knapik will serve as the Executive Director of Advancement in Westfield State University.[1][2]

Two candidates have filed for the Second Hampden and Hampshire District as of August 13, 2013. Michael Tautznik will run for the Democratic nomination and currently serves as the Mayor of Easthampton. The lone Republican candidate at the moment is Representative Donald Humason.[3]

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