|Massachusetts House of Representatives, Fifth Hampden District|
|January 5, 2013 - Present|
|January 7, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Holyoke City Council|
|Place of birth||South Holyoke, Massachusetts|
|Profession||Film editor/Yoga studio owner|
Vega's professional experience includes owning a yoga studio with his wife, and working as a film editor.
Vega's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
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|
Elections for the office of Massachusetts House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on September 9, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Incumbent Aaron Vega was unopposed in the Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election.
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.
|Massachusetts House of Representatives, Fifth Hampden District, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Aaron Vega Incumbent||60.8%||9,545|
|Massachusetts House of Representatives, Fifth Hampden District Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Michael Kane Incumbent||33.9%||999|
Comprehensive donor information for Vega is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Vega raised a total of $39,429 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 14, 2013.
|Aaron Vega's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Massachusetts House, Fifth Hampden||$39,429|
|Grand Total Raised||$39,429|
2012Vega won election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Vega raised a total of $39,429.
|Massachusetts House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Aaron Vega's campaign in 2012|
|Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts||$500|
|Total Raised in 2012||$39,429|
|Source:Follow the Money|
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Vega and his wife, Debra, have three children.
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- Massachusetts House of Representatives
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- Office website
- Profile from Open States
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Aaron Vega on Facebook
- Aaron Vega on Twitter
- Aaron Vega on YouTube
- "vegaforholyoke," Official Campaign Website
- Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, "2014 State Primary Candidates," accessed September 9, 2014
- 2012 State Primary Candidate List, "Massachusetts Secretary of State," accessed June 26, 2012
- 2012 Massachusetts Secretary of State, Official 2012 Primary Results
- Follow the Money, "Vega, Aaron," accessed December 14, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed June 2, 2014
Michael Kane (D)
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