Special Election Needed For Berkshire Rep. Seat

Jun 20, 2017

Funeral plans are set for Thursday for Massachusetts state Representative Gailanne Cariddi. The 63-year-old North Adams Democrat died over the weekend. It's not yet clear when a special election will be held to fill her seat.

It's up to House Speaker Robert DeLeo to set the special election date. His spokesperson declined comment.

A look at other special election timelines in Massachusetts shows the process could take three-to-four months once a date is chosen. This allows for gathering signatures and, if needed, a primary election.

Whoever wins could also face the possibility of having to mount a re-election campaign in 2018.

Meanwhile, flags are flying at half staff at state buildings in honor of Cariddi,who was in her fourth term in office.