Carey, Peltier vie for 2nd Hampshire District seat

  • Voters during the primary elections in Westhampton Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

Staff Writer
Published: 11/4/2018 11:55:29 PM

NORTHAMPTON — The only locally contested race for the state Legislature is taking place in the 2nd Hampshire District between Democrat Daniel Carey of Easthampton and Republican Donald Peltier of South Hadley in the Nov. 6 election.

Carey, 33, won the Democratic nomination in the Sept. 4 primary with 3,187 votes in the district, which covers Easthampton, Hadley, South Hadley and Granby’s Precinct 2. Peltier, 56, was unopposed in the Republican primary and won his nomination with 1,037 votes cast in the district.

The candidates are running to replace long-time state Rep. John Scibak, 65, D-South Hadley, after he announced his retirement from the Legislature in February after 16 years in office.

Carey was first elected in 2013 to serve on the School Committee for two years, and was elected to serve on the City Council in 2015. His grandfather, William A. Carey of Easthampton, was state representative for the district from 1974 to 1986.

“We are continuing to spread the word and let people know about the election and the campaign,” Carey said in a recent interview. “We’ve got great volunteers in all four towns, we hope to see a big turn out like we did in September.”

Carey is an assistant Northwest district attorney and the former director of the Drug Diversion & Treatment Program Director for the Northwestern District Attorney’s office.

Peltier ran an unsuccessful campaign for state Senate in 2016 against former state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, an Amherst Democrat.

Even as Peltier gained over 150 signatures to appear on this year’s ballot, he blames the state’s Republican party for not throwing the weight of its support behind him in the lead up to the election.

“I support the president, I’m a conservative, and the state party wouldn’t support a Trump supporter,” Peltier said in an interview outside of his home.

Carey has expressed support for increasing funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP; raising the minimum wage to keep up with the rising cost of living; and treating the opioid epidemic as public health crisis for addicts.

Although there were several forums leading up to the September primary for the three Democratic candidates in 2nd Hampshire District, there have been no debates or forums between Carey and Peltier and neither candidate has spoken to each other.

Finance reports with the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) show Peltier’s donations are exclusively from the candidate himself, for a total of $1,050 dated from Jan. 1 to Oct. 19 this calendar year. Peltier said that he refunded other donations he received because he did not feel he had a “real way to fight” in the race without support from Republican leadership in the state.

From Feb. 20 to Aug. 17, Carey raised $19,947.67 and spent $14,316.85, according to a finance report filed with the OCPF. During the reporting period from Aug. 18 to Oct. 19, 2018, Carey raised $4,030 and spent $12,909.06.

Scibak has endorsed Carey and said he has the traits necessary to be an “excellent” advocate for western Massachusetts in Boston.

“Dan will bring a new generation of leadership to Boston, and I know he has the energy, enthusiasm, and experience to effectively represent the citizens of the 2nd Hampshire District in the State House,” Scibak said in a statement.

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