Southwick businessman John Cain announces bid for state Senate  

  • John Cain, a Southwick businessman running for state Senate in the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 12/26/2019 4:19:54 PM

EASTHAMPTON — A Southwick business owner running as a Republican for the U.S. House seat in 1st Congressional District seat has changed races, announcing that he's now running for state Senate in the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District.

John Cain, 31, of Southwick, announced last week that he would discontinue his bid for the region’s U.S. House seat. Instead, he said he would seek the state Senate seat soon to be vacated by Donald Humason, R-Westfield, who will take over as Westfield mayor in January.

“Join my team to ensure this district continues to display transparency, accountability, and fiscal responsibility,” Cain said in a Facebook announcement last Thursday.

State Rep. John Velis, D-Westfield, had until now been the only candidate to announce plans to run for the state Senate post.

A special election for the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District has been set for March 31. The district includes Holyoke, Easthampton and Southampton. 

The 2nd Hampden and Hampshire seat has been held by a Republican for 25 years. Michael Knapik held the seat from 1994 to 2013, when Humason — who had previously worked as an aide to Knapik — won a special election to succeed his former boss.

Cain is a former Navy officer who operates construction and mechanical repair businesses in Feeding Hills and serves as a volunteer firefighter for the Southwick Fire Department. He could not be reached for comment Thursday. 

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