Easthampton city councilor launches run for state Rep. Scibak’s seat

  • Easthampton City Councilor Daniel Carey is running for 2nd Hampshire District state House seat. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

EASTHAMPTON — City Councilor Daniel Carey announced Tuesday that he is running for the state House seat now held by John Scibak, representing the 2nd Hampshire District. If successful, Carey would follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, William Carey, who held the seat for 12 years beginning in 1976.

“I am proud of the small part I have played in making Easthampton a sustainable, welcoming, and great place to live,” Carey, a Democrat, said in a statement. “I look forward to bringing that same level of commitment and enthusiasm in working for all the citizens of South Hadley, Easthampton, Hadley, and Granby.”

On Sunday night, Scibak, D-South Hadley, announced he would not seek re-election in 2018.

Reached by the Gazette on Tuesday, Scibak said he knows of at least four other people considering running for his seat, but that it’s too early for him to endorse any of them.

“I’m not going to make a commitment to anybody right now,” Scibak said. “I’d like people who run to understand what they’re getting themselves into and if they have any questions or concerns to talk to me and ask me questions.”

Carey, 33, of 6 Newell St., is director of the Drug Diversion and Treatment Program at the Northwestern district attorney’s office and is currently serving his second two-year term on the Easthampton City Council. He said Tuesday night he would resign from both positions if elected to the Legislature.

“I am committed to doing all I can to stop the scourge of opioid addiction, which has destroyed families and overly burdened our health and justice systems,” Carey said in his statement.

A former Easthampton School Committee member, Carey served as chairman of the School Committee’s finance subcommittee, and then on the city’s School Building Committee. A lifelong Easthampton resident, he graduated from Easthampton High School in 2003 and started his career working as a paraprofessional for the special education department at White Brook Middle School. Carey said he graduated from law school in May.

“I feel deeply about the importance of supporting public education,” Carey said in his statement. “As part of the millennial generation, I have seen the incredible challenge faced by new graduates shackled down by runaway student loan debt, and I am resolved to solve the problem of that crushing debt.”

Carey said he plans to campaign door to door, talking to residents about the issues that matter most to them. The 2nd Hampshire District contains Easthampton, Hadley, South Hadley and Granby’s Precinct 2.

“It would be an honor to follow in my grandfather’s footsteps,” Carey said Tuesday night.

Sarah Robertson can be reached at srobertson@gazettenet.com.