A decent turn out for the West Springfield preliminary election considering a change in date.
The clerk’s office reporting a roughly 25-percent voter turnout with a large number voting at the middle school.
West Springfield residents selecting the final two candidates for mayor, one of which will eventually take over for outgoing Mayor Ed Sullivan who is not seeking reelection.
Those contenders including former mayor Greg Neffinger, State Representative Mike Finn and town attorney Will Reichelt.
In the end it was Reichelt with 1,805 votes and Finn with 1,371 who took the two top spots, leaving Neffinger out of the race, receiving 687 votes.
"We feel very good. We feel very good. We always knew we would be the underdog for this race," said Finn.
"This is an awesome win. I've been a nervous wreck all day," expressed Reichelt.
The 29-year-old said if he wins residents can expect a strong focus on creating support for local business
"We’ll keep doing a lot of great things now as a town, but we’ll look at becoming more business friendly and working with people whether it's businesses or residents. I've done a lot of that already with business round tables and it’s about getting people what they want," said Reichelt.
While Finn said he has the experience needed to move the city in the right direction.
"I want to remind people I've spent 8 years on the city council 5 years in the legislature and I can definitely do this job and let people know I'm the one suited to move this town into a positive direction," explained Finn.
As for Neffinger he said he had a lot of great ideas for West Springfield, but felt he was too pressed for time to get those messages across.
"We had a lot of great issues Brandon's tree house, Officer O'Brien, the lack of security at the Big E. We felt people were responding well to that, but we just didn't have enough time. Originally the election was supposed to be Sept. 15 and they moved it to Sept. 8," said Neffinger.
And although he may have been defeated Neffinger said he still wishes his fellow competitors luck in November’s election.
"I've gone over to Mike Finn’s campaign and congratulated him for coming in second and Reichelt to congratulate him. It's a great job, the mayor’s office," said Neffinger.
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