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September 6th, 2012
Springfield, Mass. (WGGB) — The race for Governor’s Council for the 8th District has been narrowed down to Democrat Michael Albano and Republican Michael Franco.
Three Democrats, former Springfield Mayor Michael Albano, Chicopee City Councilor Gerry Roy, and Westfield School Committee member Kevin Sullivan were all vying for their party’s nomination in the Western Massachusetts Governor’s Council race. Republicans looking to win included Michael Franco who’s from Holyoke and Michael Case who lives in Washington.
Albano won the majority with 25,596 votes, but it was a close call with Sullivan trailing close behind with 24,314 votes. Roy took in only 9,951 votes.
On the Republican side of things, Franco won with 5,334 votes. Case received 4,874 votes.
Albano who served as Springfield mayor from 1996 to 2004 now runs a political consulting business.
Franco is a Holyoke veteran’s service officer who’s run for governor’s council before and says that experience has helped him this time around.
In a statement to ABC40 Thursday night, Franco said, “We’ve done a lot of hard work over the years. So I think right now, the people are rewarding our effort. Briefly, I’d like to let the citizens and voters across Western Massachusetts know that I am pleased and honored to accept the Republican nomination for the position of Governor’s Council, Eighth District, on behalf of my campaign team and supporters.
Albano and Franco will now face-off in the General Election in November.
The governor’s council, is an 8 member board. It confirms nominees for judgeships, other court positions as well as the Massachusetts Parole Board.