This article originally appeared on MassLive.com

HOLYOKE — State Rep. Aaron M. Vega, D-Holyoke, will formally announce his reelection campaign Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. at Holyoke Heritage State Park, 221 Appleton St.

“Nothing brings me greater joy than having the honor to represent the great citizens of Holyoke at the State House,” Vega said in a press release Wednesday.

“I would like to continue being a part of the work we are doing on Beacon Hill, from working on ways to stop the opioid crisis in its tracks to making sure our veterans have the support they need. In addition, I have been able to bring Beacon Hill’s focus to Holyoke and secure vital funds for public safety and workforce training,” he said.

A primary election will be held if necessary to narrow the field of candidates Sept. 8 and Election Day is Nov. 8.

Vega is running for his third, two-year term representing the 5th Hampden District in the state House of Representatives. He was a two-term city councilor at large before that.

Vega won the seat in the 2012 election after Michael F. Kane surrendered the legislative post for a private-sector job after more than 11 years.

Among issues on which Vega has been vocal has been the leadership transition taking place at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home. He has called for the state to involve the community in choosing a new executive director of the facility that treats residential and out-patient veterans on Cherry Street overlooking Interstate 91.

Vega also filed legislation that lets veterans use state parks free of admission.

Besides veterans’ issues, the press release said Vega’s accomplishments have been addressing the needs of local business owners and property developers.

Vega has a district office at 295 High St. Patricia Duffy is his legislative aide.

Vega’s team includes campaign manager Elvin Bruno Jr. deputy campaign manager Kristen Beam and treasurer Rosa Pantoja, said the press release which was provided by Beam.

Jerome T. Hobert, who mounted a late write-in bid to unseat Vega two years ago, has said he will be a candidate for state representative again this year.