Primary Election Day Today
It’s Primary Election Day in Massachusetts and voters across the state are going to the polls in many cases to narrow the field of candidates that will go head to head in the November General Election. Here in the Berkshires, the focus is on the Democratic Primary for Berkshire District Attorney. It’s a three-way contest between sitting District Attorney, Paul Caccaviello and local attorney’s Andrea Harrington and Judith Knight. Caccaviello was appointed in March by Governor Charlie Baker after the retirement of long-time District Attorney, David Capeless. The winner will essentially be elected District Attorney, as there is no Republican candidate. Also, of interest locally, but somewhat overshadowed by the DA’s race is the Democratic Primary for State Senate between one-term incumbent Adam Hinds and selectman from the town of Lee, Thomas Wickham. As with the DA’s race, there is no Republican candidate so whoever wins is as good as elected, with the November election basically a formality. The polls across the county are open until 8:00 PM.
Meanwhile, voters across the 1st Congressional District today will decide a primary showdown between long-time U.S. Representative Richard Neal and challenger, Springfield Attorney, Tahirah Amatul-Wadud. This is the 44-year-old Amatul-Wadud’s first run for any political office. This is also the first Democratic Primary for this seat that the congressional district has seen in six years. The 1st Congressional District is one of four across the state with no Republican running, so the winner will go unchallenged in November.
Voters in the Berkshires are also casting votes on several statewide offices today including the race for Governor. Democrats Jay Gonzalez and Robert Massie will be squaring off to see who will represent the Democratic side of the race, while Gov. Charlie Baker is being opposed by Scott Lively, a Springfield minister, in the GOP primary. The winner of each will square off in November. As for the Lt. Governors’ race, comedian Jimmy Tingle is vying for the No. 2 slot on the Democratic side. He is facing off against Quentin Palfrey, a former White House policy adviser under Barack Obama. Palfrey won the party's endorsement in June. On the Republican side, incumbent Lt. Governor Karyn Polito is running unopposed.
Here is a list of the polling places in the Berkshires:
- Ward 1, Precinct A: Reid Middle School, 950 North St.
- Ward 1, Precinct B: Reid Middle School, 950 North St.
- Ward 2, Precinct A: Morningside Community School, 100 Burbank St.
- Ward 2, Precinct B: Somerset Fire Station, Somerset Ave.
- Ward 3, Precinct A: Providence Court, 379 East St.
- Ward 3, Precinct B: Egremont Elementary School, 84 Egremont Ave.
- Ward 4, Precinct A: Herberg Middle School, 501 Pomeroy Ave.
- Ward 4, Precinct B: Williams School, 50 Bushey Road
- Ward 5, Precinct A: Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave.
- Ward 5, Precinct B: Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave.
- Ward 6, Precinct A: Columbus Arms Housing, 65 Columbus Ave.
- Ward 6, Precinct B: Conte Community School, 200 W. Union St.
- Ward 7, Precinct A: Fire Station, 54 Peck's Road
- Ward 7, Precinct B: Capeless Elementary School, 86 Brooks Ave.
- All five wards: St. Elizabeth's Parish Center
Adams: Department of Public Works garage, North Summer Street
Becket: Town Hall, Main Street
Cheshire: Community Senior Center, 119 School St.
Clarksburg: Senior Center, Cross Road
Dalton: Community Center, Main Street
Egremont: Fire station, Egremont Plain Road
Florida: Town Office, 379 Mohawk Trail
- Precincts A, C, D: Fire Station, 37 State Road
- Precinct B: Housatonic Community Center, Main Street
Hancock: Hancock School, Route 43
Hinsdale: Town Hall, South Street
Lanesborough: Town Hall, 83 North Main St.
Lee: Crossway Village, 21 Crossway
Lenox: Town Hall, Walker Street
Monterey: Fire Hall, Main Road
Mount Washington: Town Hall, East Street
New Ashford: Town Hall, Mallory Road
New Marlborough: Town Hall, Mill River Southfield Road
Otis: Town Hall, North Main Street
Peru: Community Center, East Main Road
Richmond: Town Hall, State Road
Sandisfield: Old Town Hall, Silverbrook Road
Savoy: Senior Center, 720 Main Road
Sheffield: Town Hall, Depot Square
Stockbridge: Town Hall, Main Street
Tyringham: Town Hall, Main Road
Washington: Town Hall, Summit Hill Road
West Stockbridge: Village School, State Line Road
Williamstown: Williamstown Elementary School, 115 Church St.
Windsor: Town Hall, Route 9