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Holyoke election preview

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Tonight's elections in Holyoke pit a political newcomer against a veteran. September's primary launched 22-year-old Brown University graduate Alex Morse into the political world, beating out incumbent Mayor Elaine Pluta by just one vote.

The night of the primary election Morse said the key behind his success is not his age, but his grass roots campaign and his willingness to listen to the residents.

"This isn't about age. Tonight's victory is a testament to the months of hard work of our campaign, of our volunteers, of everyday people in this community coming together and believing in something new for the city," said Morse back on primary election night on Sept. 20. 

The paper city's current Mayor, Elaine Pluta is seeking her second term in office, campaigning under the slogan "experienced leadership equals results." While September's primary results may have shocked some, she vowed to campaign harder and with renewed energy.

"Well we've been hitting the ground running already but we're going to have to run a little faster and work a little harder," said Pluta on Primary Election night. 

But will her efforts pay off? Only time, and votes, will tell if it will be the seasoned veteran or the fresh face in Holyoke's city hall come January.

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