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Easthampton City Councilor Daniel C. Hagan to run for re-election

District 1 City Councilor Daniel C. Hagan. PHOTO COURTESY OF DANIEL C. HAGAN.

District 1 City Councilor Daniel C. Hagan. PHOTO COURTESY OF DANIEL C. HAGAN. Purchase photo reprints »

Hagan, 63, of 24 Highland Ave., has represented District 1 since he was first elected in November 2009. He said he looks forward to serving a third term if voters support him again.

He said his “No. 1 reason” to run again is to keep helping his constituents, many of whom are affected by the six-month closure of the Manhan Bridge on Route 10. Their district will also soon see the reconstruction of the dangerous intersection where Loudville and Pomeroy Meadow roads and Glendale and West streets meet, possibly before the end of the year.

“I’d like to see those projects to completion,” he said Monday. “That will make their lives more normal again.”

Hagan said that his experience, including serving as chairman of the council’s finance subcommittee and on the public safety subcommittee in the past year, will make him an asset in the transition period when a new mayor is elected in November.

Mayor Michael A. Tautznik, the only mayor the city has known since it changed from a town form of government in 1996, has said he will not run for re-election.

Hagan said that while he thinks Tautznik has done well as mayor, he is pleased to be involved in city government during this transition.

“I think change is good,” he said. “It will be exciting to see a new mayor, to see new viewpoints and energy.”

Hagan also represents the City Council on the Community Preservation Committee and is a member of the Superintendent of Schools’ Outreach Advisory Committee, according to a statement.

Before retiring in 2008, he worked as a detective with the University of Massachusetts Police Department for 36 years.

Other than Hagan, no one has made official announcements that they plan to run for a council seat. City Council Vice President Joseph P. McCoy told the Gazette he plans to run for re-election, while Council President Justin P. Cobb said he will vacate the District 2 council seat at the end of the year.

Rebecca Everett can be reached at reverett@gazettenet.com.

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