Candidates for State House Seat in Westfield Offer Nearly Identical Talking Points

Two Westfield candidates are vying for the Massachusetts House seat vacated by Republican Don Humason, who won a special election last fall for the state Senate.

John Velis calls himself a conservative Democrat, and Republican Dan Allie, used to be a Democrat. so it’s not surprising that their platforms are similar. For instance, both say education is a top priority, and they sound nearly identical on taxes.

“I know how high taxes can hurt a family budget and kill jobs,” Allie says.

Likewise, Velis says he is “very concerned about the effect that taxes have on small business owners in Westfield,” Velis says.

Velis, a lawyer, also says, as a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, he wants to help local veterans transition back into civilian life. Allie is also a veteran, though his service dates back to the late 1970s.

Allie is a Westfield city councilor and works for a publishing house.

The special election to fill the House seat is April 1.