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Special Election Set to Fill Late Rep. Cariddi's Seat
02:02PM / Monday, June 26, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The special election to fill the seat of the late state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi will be held Tuesday, Nov. 7.
The secretary of state's office set the dates for the special election on Monday. 
The 1st Berkshire Seat represents Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Florida, Hancock, Lanesborough, New Ashford, North Adams and Williamstown.
Candidates must be registered voters of at least 18 years of age and have resided in the district for at least one year preceding the election. They are required to submit the signatures of at least 150 registered voters in the district by 5 p.m. on Aug. 29.
If more than one candidate for any party qualifies, they will compete in the state primary on Oct. 10. 
Cariddi, who died June 17, had completed about six months of her fourth two-year term. The election is being held to complete her term, which ends in January 2019.
The election schedule is weeks longer than that set for the last special election, held in 2011 to replace the 3rd Berkshires' Christopher Speranzo, who resigned on July 13 that year to become clerk magistrate of Berkshire Superior Court. While candidates were lining up on reports of his nomination a month earlier, a special election wasn't set until mid-July. The primary was held Sept. 20 and Tricia Farley-Bouvier went on to win the special election less than a month later, on Oct. 18. 


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