Sullivan falls short in race


WESTFIELD – Kevin J. Sullivan swept the Westfield and Southwick votes for Governor’s Council District 8 in yesterday’s primary election, but lost the overall election to Michael Albano.
Sullivan, a Westfield resident and vice chairman of the School Committee, conceded around 10:30 p.m. last night while he awaited results at The Tavern Restaurant.
“It was a fun day, but it looks like I’m going to come up a little short – about 1,000 votes,” said Sullivan, a Springfield attorney.
The district spans 96 communities in western Massachusetts, from the Berkshires to Wilbrahan, Northampton, and everywhere in between.
In Westfield, Sullivan handily beat opponents Albano and Gerry Roy with 1,454 votes to Albano’s 358 and Roy’s 240.
Southwick voters cast 242 votes for Sullivan, 117 for Albano, and 17 for Roy.
Sullivan said he had a good time campaigning.
“I really enjoyed it,” he said. “It’s a big district and took a lot of time, but I met a lot of people I never would have met otherwise.”
Sullivan thanked his supporters.
“I had some great support,” he said.
Sullivan said he will get back to school business tomorrow at the groundbreaking for a new school on Cross Street. He said even if he had won, he planned to continue on as a member of the committee.
“The first thing I did when I decided to run is make sure it was not a conflict,” said Sullivan. “I was never leaving the School Committee.”


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