In September, Holyoke voters selected Joshua Garcia ’08, M’12 and Michael Sullivan as the two final mayoral candidates. Seven citizens ran as mayoral candidates in the preliminary race.
Regarding job creation, green energy, and regaining control of Holyoke schools, Garcia said, “I do look forward to hitting the ground running on that process collaborating with our council with our department heads so we can identify where the insufficiencies are in our local government, help bridge those gaps, and look forward to provide optimal services coming fiscal year ’23.”
Many residents view this election as a turning point for Holyoke, as former mayor Alex Morse left office early to take a position as town administrator in Provincetown. This is the first mayoral election in 10 years that does not have Morse on the ballot.
The mayoral election will take place on November 2. If elected, Garcia would join several alumni who are serving as mayors of cities in western Massachusetts, including Springfield’s Domenic Sarno ’94, West Springfield’s Will Reichelt ’09, and Westfield’s Donald Humason Jr. ’89. Humason will run for re-election this fall against former Westfield Police Captain Michael McCabe ’84 M’94.
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