Thousands turn out for Sheriff Ashe's 35th annual clambake - KCTV5 News

Thousands turn out for Sheriff Ashe's 35th annual clambake

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Since 1975, Sheriff Michael Ashe has run un-opposed as Hampden County Sheriff.

Since then his annual clambake has brought in the big names in Massachusetts politics.

"That's what I feel good about, that we always are climbing the next mountain, always evolving," Ashe said.

Familiar faces in Western Mass politics included Western Mass mayors like Springfield's Domenic Sarno, Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, Mayor Richard Cohen of Agawam and West Springfield's Mayor, Gregory Neffinger.

"It's sharing common values with folks and let them know we're all on the same side and we're trying to do good things for myself in West Springfield as a mayor and for Western Massachusetts," Neffinger said.

Congressman Richard Neal, who is in a race against two Democratic challengers, was also invited to Wednesday's event.

Democrat Elizabeth Warren, who is aiming for Sen. Scott Brown's seat, also took the invitation.

"I like to come to the western part of the state as often as I can," she said.

Warren's in the race of her life against Brown, who was invited but could not attend.

In his absence, she reminded voters what's at stake in the upcoming election.

"What we have to be talking about is jobs, jobs, jobs and a reminder that Scott Brown and all the Republicans voted against three jobs bills in a row," she said.

While much of the attention is on the many races happening this fall, Lt. Gov. Tim Murray did not shy away when asked about his plans for a 2014 run for governor.

"If you do your job and you build a body of work of getting things done, then when the time comes to run, you've got something to run on," he said.

Organizers said this year's clambake was one of the biggest in its history, with an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 people in attendance.

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