SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Incumbent Congressman Richard Neal collected triple the amount of required signatures to appear on the ballot for the U.S. House of Representatives race.
Neal is running against Andrea Nuciforo and Bill Shein for the seat. Neal collected 7,340 signatures — well above the required 2,000 — from all over the newly drawn district. According to a release from Neal's campaign, 5,906 of those were certified by the Secretary of State's office.
The signatures came from all across the district with 17 percent from Berkshire County.
"I campaign the same way I have always governed; every region has an equal voice," Neal said in a statement. "Whether you live in the smallest town or the largest city our grassroots operation is the same. We are spreading our positive Democratic message about my voting record by talking to our friends and family, knocking on the doors of our neighbors, and speaking to our communities members at the ball fields and in the coffee shops."
The Berkshire's current Rep. John Olver, D-Amherst, is retiring and redrawn district merges Neal's current district with the Berkshires. The newly drawn district covers parts of Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester counties and the Berkshires.
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