Patricia Duffy wins 5th Hampden District primary

  • Patricia “Pat” Duffy, the longtime legislative aide to state Rep. Aaron Vega, D-Holyoke, won the Democratic Primary for the 5th Hampden District seat on Tuesday.   FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 9/1/2020 10:56:51 PM

HOLYOKE — In the race to fill Holyoke’s state representative seat being vacated by Aaron Vega, it was Vega’s longtime legislative aide Patricia Duffy who won election in Tuesday’s Democratic Primary.

Duffy finished with 3,196 votes, according to unofficial results from the City Clerk’s office, representing just over 40.34% of the vote in the 5th Hampden District, which covers Holyoke.

David Bartley, the lawyer, commercial real estate broker and five-term Ward 3 city councilor, finished second with 2,500 votes, or 31.55% of the vote. Patrick Beaudry, the manager of public affairs for the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, finished with 2,212 votes for 27.92% of the vote.

Duffy could not be reached late Tuesday evening for comment on her victory. Vega, who has served as the city’s lawmaker in the state House of Representatives since 2013, announced in January that he would not seek fifth term.

Beaudry delivered a statement shortly after the results came in. 

“Congrats to Pat Duffy on winning a hard fought, but overwhelmingly positive, campaign on the issues to be Holyoke’s next State Representative,” Beaudry said. “As I said from the beginning of this race, failure of this community is simply not an option and so while I will not be representing the Paper City on Beacon Hill next year, my promise tonight is to continue to find ways to stay involved and make a positive difference in the lives of my fellow Holyokers.”

The race saw high turnout for a Democratic Primary election in the city. Just over 35% of voters turned out for the election, which was significantly higher than the 13% who turned out for the primary elections in 2018. Races for the U.S. House and Senate were also on the ballot in Holyoke where incumbents Richard Neal and Ed Markey both won. 

Earlier Tuesday, Duffy and some of her supporters from the labor union 1199SEIU were holding signs and cheering across from Joseph Metcalf Elementary School, one of the city’s polling places.

Rolando Mendez, one of the union members, said that Duffy had stood with people of color and workers during her time as Vega’s legislative aide.

“She did a good job working with him,” Mendez said, noting that Duffy is involved in the community.

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