Aaron Vega

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Aaron Vega
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Massachusetts House of Representatives, Fifth Hampden District
Incumbent
In office
January 5, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$61,133/year
Per diem$10-$100/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Holyoke City Council
Personal
Place of birthSouth Holyoke, Massachusetts
ProfessionFilm editor/Yoga studio owner
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Aaron Vega is a Democratic member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the Fifth Hampden district. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Biography

Vega's professional experience includes owning a yoga studio with his wife, and working as a film editor.[1]

Issues

Campaign themes

Vega's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Education

  • Excerpt:"Fixing public education is the civil rights struggle of today. Our district has a 53%graduation rate and two level 4 schools. Finding solutions to this problem will be one of my top priorities as your state representative."

Jobs

  • Excerpt:"I support a two-fold strategy of promoting the growth small business in our city while at the same time working to attract large business to Western Mass, hand in hand with other local legislators."

Public safety

  • Excerpt:"In addition to supporting the greatwork by the Holyoke Police Department, I will make sure that any successful program receiving statemoney remains funded. I will work to strengthen pre- and post-release programs to target repeat offenders."

Transportation

  • Excerpt:"The PVTA is facing rate increases while the MBTA is being bailed out. We must invest in our regional public transportation system while embracing commuter rail."

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Vega served on the following committees:

Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2013
Personnel and Administration
Economic Development and Emerging Technologies Joint
Higher Education Joint

Election history

2012

See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2012

Vega won election in the 2012 election for Massachusetts House of Representatives Fifth Hampden District. He defeated incumbent Michael Kane in the September 6 Democratic primary and defeated Linda Vacon (R) and Jerome T. Hobert (G) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Massachusetts House of Representatives, Fifth Hampden District, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAaron Vega Incumbent 60.8% 9,545
     Republican Linda Vacon 20.5% 3,211
     Green Jerome Hobert 18.7% 2,939
Total Votes 15,695
Massachusetts House of Representatives, Fifth Hampden District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAaron Vega 66.1% 1,947
Michael Kane Incumbent 33.9% 999
Total Votes 2,946

Campaign donors

2012

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Personal

Vega and his wife, Debra, have three children.[4]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Kane (D)
Massachusetts House of Representatives Hampden 5
2013–present
Succeeded by
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