SPENCER – When voters head to the polls on Tuesday (Oct. 10, 2023) they’ll decide which of 2 Republicans they want to square off against the unchallenged Democrat to fill the state Senate seat left vacant by the resignation of Anne M. Gobi earlier this year.
Squaring off in the Republican primary are Peter Durant of Spencer, who was elected to the House of Representatives in May of 2011 and Bruce Chester, a Veteran, from Gardner.
Durant won a special election after his first race for the seat in November 2010 ended in a tie.
The primary election is of interest to Spencer voters who have had both a Senator and two state Representatives from their community for several years. Gobi left for a position as director of rural affairs under Gov. Maura Healey.
The winner of the Republican primary race will face Gardner Democrat Jonathan D. Zlotnik, a state Representative since 2013, in the Nov. 7 State Election. Zlotnik is the only name appearing on the Democrat ballot on Tuesday.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Spencer Memorial Town Hall, 157 Main Street.
The Worcester and Hampshire Senate District includes Barre, Brookfield, East Brookfield, Gardner, Hardwick, Holden, Hubbardston, Leicester, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Oakham, Paxton, Phillipston, Princeton, Rutland, Spencer, Sterling, Templeton, Ware, West Brookfield, Westminster, and Ward 7 Precincts 2, 4, 5, 6 and Ward 9 Precincts 3, 4 in Worcester.
(Voters in other communities should check with their Town Clerk for voting information for Tuesday’s Primary.)