Central Massachusetts Republican Wins Special Election For State Representative

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By Sam Doran
State House News Service

Republican John Marsi cruised to an uncontested special election win Tuesday and is poised to become the newest member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

A selectman from Dudley, which lies on the Connecticut border, Marsi cemented his special election win in a district that also includes Southbridge and parts of Spencer and Charlton.

No Democrats ran for the open seat, which will be up for election again on the November ballot.  He defeated Southbridge Selectman David Adams in the GOP primary last month.

Marsi will succeed Peter Durant of Spencer, who jumped from the House to the state Senate after a special election win last year.

“It’s fantastic to see another Republican join the state delegation,” said MassGOP chairman Amy Carnevale. “This victory sends a clear message from Massachusetts residents that they are weary of one-party rule and are eager to witness meaningful legislative efforts addressing issues such as the migrant crisis, tax reform, and responsible spending on Beacon Hill. This consecutive Republican victory in the special election signifies the growing strength of the Republican Party in Massachusetts.”

Marsi supports lower taxes, opposes unfunded mandates for schools, and wants the state to address the migrant shelter crisis.

“Migrants are currently here without a plan to house them or pay for associated resources,” Marsi wrote on his web site.  “In turn, by spending money on migrants, Massachusetts diverts resources away from many in our communities that already need our assistance. As a father and direct descendant of immigrants, like many of you, I understand the severity of the situation, hence making a solution all the more critical.”

The House on Wednesday, March 6 was scheduled to consider a bill with $245 million more for family shelter and new limitations on the duration of family stays in the system, though Marsi is not expected to take his seat in the chamber until at least next week.

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