By G. Michael Dobbs
SPRINGFIELD – Former City Council president Jose Tosado has announced that he will run for the state representative seat currently held by Sean Curran.
Tosado enters a field that already has candidates that include Democrats Edward Collins and Springfield School Committee member Peter Murphy and Libertarian Robert Underwood.
Tosado explained to Reminder Publications
that originally he had no intention of going back to public office but the open seat caused by Curran’s decision not to run was “a great opportunity.”
The former School Committee member and city councilor said he had wanted to stay out of politics and “leave it to a new generation.” He added he had been urged by supporters to seek a seat once again on the City Council, but that he had “intentionally stayed out of it.”
He reversed his decision with Curran’s announcement and believes that he has the “most experience and the most diverse background.”
Tosado said, “First I would like to thank state Rep. Sean Curran for his dedicated service to the residents of the Ninth Hampden District. I have dedicated my life to public service; including over 25 years of service to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; where I am responsible for the oversight of millions of taxpayer dollars that fund much needed human services. I have the experience, knowledge and commitment required to most effectively represent the Ninth Hampden District.”
This election cycle should motivate voters locally, Tosado said. Besides the Ninth Hampden seat, there is a crowded field for the state senate seat being vacated by Gale Candaras as well as an active race for governor and other statewide positions.
Tosado said he knows the other Democratic candidates well and predicted “a lively race.”
Tosado is the Springfield director of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. He earned a bachelors degree in psychology from Westfield State University and a masters degree in Social work from the University of Connecticut.
“I look forward to working hard to bring home the resources we need to address the challenges we have in our district and to enhance our assets. I will work hard to bring resources to address city-wide issues that effect our district; such as; public safety, education, economic development and I am particularly invested in bringing resources to meet the needs of our growing senior citizen community,” he said.