At a 2010 candidate forum in Amherst:Franco said that Merrigan should not have been involved in the recent appointment of Judd J. Carhart to the 25-member Appeals Court. He said Merrigan’s father worked for Carhart when he was Northwestern district attorney.“That’s totally inappropriate. This kind of thing has to go,” he said. (Tom not only voted for Carhart, but he chaired the meeting too.)Merrigan said his father worked for Carhart 17 years ago, which he disclosed to the council, and said he didn’t think he had to recuse himself for the appointment.http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2010/10/candidates_trade_charges_at_le.html
Mike is running for the Massachusetts State Senate 1st Hampden district.
The towns in the district include Longmeadow, East Longmeadow, Hampden, Wilbraham, Ludlow, Belchertown and Granby in their entirety. The district also includes major areas of two cities in Hampden County; a significant portion of Springfield to its east, southeast and northeast, abutting Chicopee, as well as a predominant area of Chicopee to its north, central and south.