From the Sun News: UTEC, for years, could rely on an advocate in the State Senate: Eileen Donoghue.

But with her departure from the Statehouse — she’s now the Lowell city manager — UTEC officials wanted to learn about the six candidates vying to succeed her in the 1st Middlesex Senate District. The five Democrats and one Republican in the race recently visited UTEC for a tour, and were briefed on the organization’s policy platform.

Adrien “Duke” Vega, 19, … said the candidates’ responses were helpful as he prepares to vote in his first Senate election. “They definitely gave enough information on who they are, and how they would address the issues UTEC is concerned about,” Vega said.