Submitted on Thursday, 4/12/2018, at 12:29 PM

John W. Arena ’18 of Gill has announced that he will run as a Democrat for the fall ballot in the 2nd Franklin District (MA), which includes Athol, part of Belchertown, Erving, Gill, New Salem, Orange, Petersham, Phillipston, Royalston, Templeton, Warwick and Wendell. He was the subject of articles in The Daily Hampshire Gazette and The Republican. He plans to go up against Massachusetts Rep. Susannah M. Whipps, an Athol Independent, who will be seeking a third term.