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Sandlin opts out of recount

Date: 11/16/2010

Nov. 17, 2010

By Katelyn Gendron

Assistant Editor

AGAWAM -- State Rep. Rosemary Sandlin had very little to say following her concession to Southwick Selectman Nicholas Boldyga a week after the election.

Sandlin announced on Nov. 9 she'd not pursue a recount of the Nov. 2 election, which she lost to Boldyga by 98 votes, because it would be too costly "at a time when the towns of the 3rd Hampden District need the funds most."

"It has been an amazing four years. It has been my pleasure and privilege to have served the constituents of the 3rd Hampden District and I will always treasure the hard work and friendship of volunteers and supporters," she said in a written statement released to the media.

When Reminder Publications inquired further regarding her plans for the remainder of her term or her professional aspirations, Sandlin replied, "I want to be with my constituents until my last possible day. I haven't thought about anything beyond finishing my term. I'm taking it one week at a time."

Sandlin thanked her supporters and praised their efforts throughout the 2010 campaign and throughout the past four years.

"The dedication of volunteers and support of voters was based on Rosemary's commitment to the 3rd Hampden District and her dedication to working families," the press release stated. "Rosemary in her two terms as State Representative was able to increase funding for the Agawam and Southwick Public Schools, secure funding for the Captain Leonard House, Southwick Cultural Stage Project, help secure funding for community hospitals, find funding for a crosswalk and light at the Agawam Senior Center along with traffic and street lights on Main and Meadow Streets, and for our veterans she worked to maintain the outpatient clinic and restore funding for the Holyoke Soldiers Home."

Sandlin will conclude her term in January 2011.

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