The battle for a Senate seat is a tough one but after months of consistent hard work, the efforts of Adam Gomez have finally paid off. He made a historic victory as the newest Puerto Rican elected to the Massachusetts Senate.
On a Democratic primary for Massachusetts State Senate on September 1, 2020, Adam Gomez defeated the five-year incumbent James Welch. In November, he won the general election in an uncontested race with 28,965 votes.
Adam Gomez is the second Latino to serve in the Massachusetts Senate after Jaret Barrios who served from 2002-2007. He is officially the new senator of the Hampden District, consisting of Chicopee, Springfield, and West Springfield.
Adam Gomez and His Advocacies
Adam Gomez has always been a tireless advocate of his people. He grew up seeing his father, Gumersindo Gomez, fighting for people’s basic rights and better quality of life. Since then, he became more dedicated to help people that lead him to various leadership positions.
He showed commitment as part of Board of Directors of Hispanic American Library, Founding Member of the Collective Majority, and the the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Scholarship selection committee for the State of Massachusetts.
Adam Gomez passionately advocates social justice issues such as education, civil rights, and criminal justice reform. Gomez also believes that the voters of the Hampden District want its senator to address more police accountability issues, housing, health reform, and the Black Lives Matter movement, which he has been a part of for a long time.
A Success of Black and Latino Community
The success of Adam Gomez’s campaign is not an overnight endeavor. It is decades of cumulative effort from the Black and Latino community. They needed someone to represent them and make a voice for them, not just in Springfield but to the whole State.
“I’m glad to be a part of this great change. I cannot say enough how appreciative I am of having been a part of this grassroots campaign,” Gomez said. “I am so deeply honored to be able to represent the Hampden District in its entirety.”
Gomez has been grateful to everyone who supported him and believed in his advocacy. From his campaign staff and volunteers to his family and children.
Springfield long time community activist Maria Perez congratulated Gomez and state Rep.-elect Orlando Ramos on their wins.
“Now to see these young Latino men representing us in Boston, it feels like the result of all of the struggles we have gone through economically, educationally, socially. Their wins feel like a light at the end of the tunnel.”, said Perez.
Adam Gomez celebrated his win on Main Street in the Ward 1 neighborhood. This is where he currently represents as a city councilor. Gomez will assume the office on January 6, 2021.