Carey cruises to victory in 2nd Hampshire

  • Dan Carey, center, democratic candidate for state Rep. for the 2nd Hampshire District, campaigns in Easthampton's Pulaski Park late Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 6, 2018, with help from Chuck Page, right, of Melbourne, Australia, and his son, Carter, 2. Page, originally of Eathampton, moved to Australia six years ago but still votes in the United States. Carey went to Australia to be in his friend Page's wedding. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Dan Carey, democratic candidate for state Rep. for the 2nd Hampshire District, campaigns in Easthampton's Pulaski Park late Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 6, 2018, with help from Janet Page of Melbourne, Australia, who is visiting the area with her husband, Chuck Page, originally of Easthampton. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Dan Carey, Democratic candidate for state representative for the 2nd Hampshire District, campaigns in Easthampton’s Pulaski Park late Tuesday afternoon, with help from Janet Page of Melbourne, Australia, who is visiting the area with her husband, Chuck Page, originally of Easthampton. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Dan Carey, democratic candidate for state Rep. for the 2nd Hampshire District, campaigns in Easthampton's Pulaski Park late Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 6, 2018. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

Staff Writer
Published: 11/7/2018 12:48:14 AM

EASTHAMPTON — Dan Carey, 34, of Easthampton, won in a landslide in Tuesday’s election for state representative for the 2nd Hampshire District garnering 83 percent of the reported vote as of press time.

Carey joins a wave of freshman legislators heading to Beacon Hill from the region 44 years after his grandfather, William A. Carey, was first elected to the very same seat in 1974, which he held for 12 years.

Carey, a Democrat, defeated his Republican opponent, Donald Peltier, 56, of South Hadley, with 9,028 votes versus 1,899 votes reported for Easthampton and Hadley as of press time.

This year saw the first contested 2nd Hampshire District race in 16 years after state Rep. John Scibak, 65, D-South Hadley, announced he would not seek re-election in February. The district covers Easthampton, Hadley, South Hadley and Granby’s Precinct 2.

At an election party at Glendale Grill in Easthampton, Carey called it an “honor and privilege” to represent the four communities in the district.

“It’s a position that is especially important to me and close to my heart as my grandfather held this seat for 12 years and he did an amazing job,” Carey said to a room full of his supporters.

Peltier could not be reached for comment on election night.

Nancy Flavin was the last state representative from Easthampton, who served for a decade until 2002, before Carey’s victory on Tuesday night.

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

Although there were several forums leading up to the September primary for the three Democratic candidates in the 2nd Hampshire District, there were no debates or forums between Carey and Peltier.

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. 

Carey has stated that fixing the funding formula for public education would be his number one priority. He said it is “outdated,” and that costs associated with special education have not been updated in the formula. 

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

Carey was first elected in 2013 to serve on the Easthampton School Committee for two years, and was elected to serve on the City Council in 2015. He was joined by several of his colleagues on the council Tuesday night. 

Easthampton City Councilor Daniel Rist said Carey’s experience on the School Committee and City Council makes him “awesome for the district because he stands for the things that local people need to get resolved.” 

Said Easthampton City Councilor Owen Zaret: “I am really proud to say my friend and colleague Dan Carey ran a great race and won and we have a great representative in the House for years to come." 




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