The Second Senate District for Plymouth and Bristol features incumbent Democratic State Sen. Michael Brady facing off against Republican candidate Scott Hall.
Brady is currently seeking re-election for his third term for the district, which represents Plympton, Halifax, Hanson, Whitman, Brockton, and parts of East Bridgewater and Easton. Prior to becoming a senator, he served four terms as State Representative in the Ninth Plymouth District.
As chairman of the Senate Committee on Revenue where he has worked to provide funding for the district for education, public safety, infrastructure, seniors and veterans, according to a statement from Brady’s campaign.
Some funding the campaign highlighted included:
•$1,000,000 for expanded handicapped accessibility and building code improvements at Halifax Council on Aging and $50,000 for design of a new building and parking.
•$500,000 to build four monitoring stations to monitor cyanobacteria levels in Monponsett Pond.
•$500,000 to design and construct a pump house system for distributing aluminum sulfate in Monponsett Pond.
•$320,000 for new field lighting at Silver Lake Regional High School.
•$170,000 for Central Plymouth County Water District Advisory Committee for water quality monitor program.
A statement from Brady’s campaign said, “Senator Brady will continue to support and fund and protecting public education, incentives for renewable energy resources, opioid abuse prevention, helping veterans, the elderly, and increasing economic development. He says that constituent services have always been his top priority and will continue to do so if re-elected.”
Challenger Scott Hall has kept a relatively low profile this election season, not using a Facebook page, or social media to promote his campaign. His website focuses on cutting costs in public safety and schools by investing in more software that can automate and integrate certain departmental tasks.
“Harnessing the power of predictive analytics and other business intelligence solutions would be most effective towards becoming more proactive and less reactive,” his campaign website said. “We can reduce operational costs by millions of dollars within a few years that may also lead to the generation of new revenue streams and additional employment opportunities for the people of the Second Plymouth and Bristol District.”
Despite the low profile, Hall had a strong showing in Plympton’s primary, garnering 222 votes compared to Brady’s 155. Both candidates ran unopposed. In Halifax, Hall had 534 primary votes compared Brady’s 410 votes.
It’s worth noting voter turnout tends to be much lower in primaries compared to general elections.