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Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse not seeking reelection

MassLive.com logo MassLive.com 12/1/2020 Jim Kinney, masslive.com

HOLYOKE — Alex B. Morse will not run for reelection as mayor of Holyoke.

The mayor issued a statement Tuesday morning, noting next month will be the 10th anniversary of his first campaign announcement .

“When I was first elected, I expressed the desire to serve for ten years at most – enough time, I thought, to get some key goals across the finish line, and to secure a legacy we could be proud of. I firmly believe that our democracy works best when we create space for more voices and perspectives to influence the public sphere. So, with a municipal election year almost upon us, I feel it’s important to let you know that I will not be seeking re-election,” Morse, 31, wrote. “I intend to use my remaining year in office to build on our progress, to help us navigate this public health crisis, and to leave the city in the strongest possible position for my successor. I am eager to continue this work.”

Morse lost a bruising Democratic primary challenge in September to powerful House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal, of Springfield.

Neal beat Morse by nearly 25,000 votes, including a more than 400-vote win for the congressman in the challenger’s hometown of Holyoke.

On election night, Morse said he would consider running again.

Morse’ congressional campaign was nearly derailed just a few weeks from Election Day when the Massachusetts College Democrats and its chapters sent Morse a letter saying his communications with UMass College Democrats members over dating apps made some members uncomfortable and disinviting him from future events.

He was a part-time lecturer at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, which has hired an attorney to review the matter for violations of university policy and federal Title IX rules.

That report is still in progress, according to UMass officials.

Morse at first apologized and said he needed to pay more attention to power dynamics in relationships . But he later pointed to evidence that members of the UMass College Democrats formulated the letter to help Neal.

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