Wednesday September 5, 2012

Berkshire Eagle Staff

PITTSFIELD -- State Sen. Benjamin B. Downing weighed in on the race for Middle Berkshire register of deeds on Tuesday by endorsing Scott Pignatelli, of Lenox, in Thursday's Democratic primary.

In a news release, the Pittsfield Democrat said that Pignatelli, 47, who owns an electrical contracting business, "has my enthusiastic and complete support" among the three candidates in the race.

Patricia "Patsy" Harris, 48, of Hinsdale, an assistant register at the Middle Berkshire Registry, and Jody L. Phillips, 44, of Pittsfield, a former Pittsfield city clerk, are the other candidates voters will consider on Thursday.

Since there is no declared Republican challenger, the winner of the Democratic primary will most likely be elected to the six-year term to succeed Andrea F. Nuc iforo Jr. in the general election on Nov. 6. Nuciforo is running for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 1st Congressional District.

Downing said Pignatelli's experience in public ser vice and in running a business has "prepared him to make the Middle Berk shire Registry a model of efficiency."

Pignatelli has been a member of the Lenox Board of Assessors for 12 years, a past chairman of the Lenox Democratic Town Comm ittee, and a former president of UNICO.


"Just as importantly, Scott's long-term commitment to the community, through charitable efforts and civic involvement, shows that he will be hands-on with the job, constantly working to ensure the needs of his constituents are met," Down ing said.

"We are lucky to have three qualified candidates for register of deeds, but for me, Scott Pignatelli is the best choice."

Harris last week landed an endorsement by 59 Berk shire County attorneys who said she was the most qualified candidate.