Holyoke City Councilor Linda Vacon to run write-in bid as Republican for state representative
By Mike Plaisance, The Republican
HOLYOKE – Ward 5 Councilor Linda L. Vacon said Wednesday she is mounting a write-in campaign as a Republican for state representative.
“I think there’s a lot of value in people having different choices,” Vacon said.
Michael F. Kane, D-Holyoke, who had held the position since 2001, quit the 5th Hampden District seat for another job June 8.
Vacon’s campaign means a second councilor is in the race with Democratic Councilor at Large Aaron M. Vega having announced his bid in February.
A third, Councilor at Large James M. Leahy, has said he also is leaning toward a run.
Miguel A. Vasquez, a financial services associate at People’s United Bank who has never held elected office, also said he was leaning toward seeking the legislative seat with a write-in campaign.
Leahy and Vasquez said they are unenrolled in terms of party affiliation.
The representative’s yearly salary is $61,133.
Kane’s late withdrawal has put a scramble into the race. Because Kane had filed nomination papers with signatures of registered voters by the May 1 deadline, his name still will be on the ballot.
Residents interested in seeking the seat are left only with a campaign in which they ask voters to write in their names on ballots in voting booths, because the May 1 filing has passed.
The voting will take place with the primary election Sept. 6. The top vote-getters from each party will move onto the general election Nov. 6.
On Sept. 6, write-in candidates must be the top vote-getter and have at least 150 write-in votes to win the election.
Vacon, who is in her second, two-year term on the council, said getting 150 write-in votes will be “easily accomplished.”
“I offer myself and my record of service to give voters a choice in the November election. My mission continues to be ‘for you, for Holyoke,’ as we enter the campaign season,’” Vacon said.
She is dedicating the campaign in memory of her father Reginald G. Laporte. He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran who served in defense of the liberties Americans enjoy today, she said.
Vacon said a campaign kick-off will be July 18 at 80 Jarvis Ave., from 6 to 8 p.m.