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Two governor candidates visit Western Mass

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A couple of candidates in the race for governor paid Western Massachusetts a visit on Saturday.

It was a busy scene at the Agawam Public Library, as the city held its caucus to determine their delegates for this year's state Democratic convention.

On hand to meet the delegates were Don Berwick and Juliette Kayyem.

Berwick is a pediatrician who ran the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid for President Barack Obama.

He said his campaign is following a familiar path.

"This is a state that has shown a remarkable openness to people like me, who bring experiences that are important back into the government and want to serve the public, even though we haven't come through the political ranks," said Berwick.

Juliette Kayyem is a lawyer who has spent time serving in the administrations of both President Obama and Gov. Deval Patrick.

Kayyem said she has a clear vision of Western Mass' direction if she is elected governor.

"Western Mass is a thriving area of the state, with its own interests, its own need for regional transportation authorities, its own economy," said Kayyem. "What I would do is listen to these communities and the mayors about how the state can better them, whether it's investments infrastructure, transportation, local aid and understand that we are one state with many solutions."

In order for any Democratic candidate to get on the primary ballot, they must earn at least 15 percent of the delegate vote at the state Democratic convention this June.

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