Pastor Darwin Rivera of the Centro Cristiano Nacion de Jesus began his prayer with these words of Martin Luther King, Jr.: “If you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
Springfield City Councilor Bud Williams said he will remain on the council while also serving in the Massachusetts legislature.
Solomon Goldstein-Rose of Amherst and Bud Williams of Springfield join the House, while Adam Hinds of Pittsfield becomes a state senator.
A Springfield city councilor is on track to juggle two elected positions in the new year, as he begins a term in the Massachusetts state legislature.
In the region’s sole contested primary for a state Senate seat, Democrats in a Berkshire County-based district have made campaign donations a hot topic.
Ben Swan, Jr., is trying to succeed his father, Ben Swan, Sr., who is retiring. Kenneth Barnett, Larry Lawson and Bud Williams want to wrestle the seat away from the Swan family for the first time in more than 20 years.