Tricia Farley-Bouvier’s election as state representative from the 3rd Berkshire District, which essentially entails most of Pittsfield, exposed apathy and antipathy toward Democrats among voters. With the special election out of the way, she will have a little over a year on the job to demonstrate her value to the district before yet another election rolls around.
With 1,940 votes, Ms. Farley-Bouvier, the winner of the Democratic preliminary, defeated Green Party candidate Mark Miller by less than 200 votes Tuesday, and both independent Pam Malumphy and Republican Mark Jester won solid backing. Only 24 percent of registered voters went to the polls, and in winning Ms. Farley-Bouvier won 33 percent of that vote, or 8 percent of all registered voters. It was not an overwhelming victory but it was a victory nonetheless.
Both Mr. Miller and Ms. Malumphy likely did well among liberal voters unhappy with Ms. Farley-Bouvier’s social conservatism. The ongoing political gamesmanship and power plays of Democratic House leadership and the departure of Representative Christopher Speranzo mid-term for greener pastures certainly didn’t help the Democrat. Apathy and anger undoubtedly kept many voters home, but apathy and anger accomplish little except breeding more of the same.