Primary Day-_But Voting For Some Not First Thought

posted by John Baibak - 

Today is primary  election day in Massachusetts with most of the experts predicting a very light turnout.

Republican and Democratic primaries for Governor are being decided.

 Democratic voters in the First  Congressional District have the options of picking incumbent Richard  Neal and Springfield  attorney Tahira Amatul-Wadud.   There is no Republican running in First District in the November general  election.  

There are Republicans running in the Second Congressional  District - Tracy Lovvorn and Kevin Powers - who are looking to go up  against Democratic incumbent Jim McGovern in November.

There are also a number of primary races for seats in  the state legislature today.  

The Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester  state Senate district has been vacant since former Senate president Stan  Rosenberg resigned in May.  Democrat Chelsea Kline is the only one on  the ballot, but write-in campaigns are being run by Joe Comerford, Ryan  O'Donnell and Steven Connor, with no GOP candidate for the November  election.  

There are six other primary races in Western Massachusetts  for Senate and House positions.

Today is a historic day for Amherst voters.   

They are voting for town council candidates for the first time.   

Thirty-three candidates are on the primary ballot, twenty-six of which  will advance to the November election to fill ten seats.  

Amherst  recently changed its charter to switch from a town meeting format to an  active council.

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