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Tara Jacobs of North Adams wins Democratic primary for governors council seat in tight race

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Tara Jacobs of North Adams won the Democratic primary for the District 8 seat on the Governor's Council.

NORTH ADAMS — Tara Jacobs, a city resident and School Committee member, has won the Democratic primary to represent western Massachusetts on the Governor's Council.

With 97 percent of the vote reported by Wednesday afternoon, she was several thousand votes ahead, according to The Associated Press.

Jacobs had 27,571 votes and Michael Fenton, the runner-up, had 24,778 votes.

"I'm overwhelmingly grateful for the voters that came out for me," Jacobs said. "It was a nail-biter all night and into the morning watching the results bounce around."

Fenton, a Springfield city councilor, announced on social media midday Wednesday that he conceded to Jacobs.

"She deserves her moment to celebrate. She is a class act," he wrote in a statement on Facebook. "Congratulations to her and I wish her success as the Democratic nominee."

Jacobs will run against Republican John Comerford in November's general election for the District 8 seat on the council.

The council advises the governor on issues including appointments. "I saw it as an opportunity to affect significant change," she said, giving examples like social and racial justice. 

She also views it as a way to be a voice for western Massachusetts. "We have so many needs and we're so underrepresented in Boston," she said.

If elected, Jacobs, a self-employed marketing consultant, still plans to continue to serve as on the North Adams School Committee.

A major goal for her, if elected, is transparency and educating the public about the council. Jacobs hopes when she runs again for Governor's Council again in two years, she hears less people say, "I've never heard of that."

Greta Jochem can be reached at gjochem@berkshireeagle.com or 413-496-6272.


Greta Jochem, a Report for America Corps member, joined the Eagle in 2021. Previously, she was a reporter at the Daily Hampshire Gazette. She is also a member of the investigations team.

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