© An African American POV
December 1, 2013
Our Online Community Newspaper
A few days after the recent Springfield city elections, I had lunch with a friend who asked me about
Springfield’s at-large elections for School Committee and City Council in which Denise Hurst came in first
place for the former and her husband, Justin Hurst, came in first for the latter. He wondered about some of
the oddities that characterized the elections. And since I was anxious to tell the story-behind-the-story of
the elections and all the attached intrigue, I launched into a graphic monologue that I intended as a prelude
to this article.
Since I wasn’t quite certain how to communicate the story-behind-the-story in a useful way, telling
my friend gave me an opportunity to crystallize the facts in my own mind as a preliminary to conveying
them to our readers. But while listening to myself talk to my friend, I concluded that there was too much
negativity in the back story that would only dampen the joy of all of the winners of Springfield’s historical
political election results. I decided, instead, to write about the winners and to put off writing the back story
until some future date, which means, of course, those whose ill-conceived behavior would have been
exposed will be relieved and those of you who urged me to come out ‘banging’ will be disappointed.
Attorney Justin Hurst and wife, Denise M. Hurst, celebrate after learning of
their first place victories in the At-Large Springfield City Council race and
the At-Large School Committee race, respectively.
The couple celebrate with supporters.
Justin celebrates with his dad, POV publisher
Denise celebrates with her proud parents: mother,
Maria Estrada, and father, Gerald Rosemond.
The couple celebrate with Justin’s parents, Marjorie and