Calendar for Special Elections
Most information taken from here
Feb 1: Candidates must turn in 150 signatures to the Pittsfield city clerk
March 15: Primary
April 12: General Election
Tight schedule. I assume that these candidates are connected enough to get 150 signatures easily. The primary is less than two months -- these candidates will need ready-made organizations to get ahead. Serre is an Olver aide and Speranzo has Pittsfield Mayor Jimmy Ruberto's endorsement.
Ruberto has already made clear that he is backing Speranzo for the state representative's seat. He said that "the people of Pittsfield would be surprised if I weren't supporting him. I'm hopeful that he will be elected, but this is Chris Speranzo's race for the House of Representatives, not Jimmy Ruberto's."
Interesting word choice. The big help Ruberto can give to Speranzo is his organization (which would mostly be out of the public eye), and he's clearly trying to distance himself even as he gives his endorsement. The question is: Is Ruberto trying to help him be "his own man" or does he not want to be associated with a potential loser.