For many reasons, Harrington is best choice for Senate

To the editor:

I am writing to endorse Andrea Harrington in the Democratic primary for state Senator on Thursday, Sept. 8.

There are many, many reasons why Andrea is the most qualified candidate. She grew up in the Berkshires, went to school in Pittsfield, is from a working class family, was the first person in her family to attend college, is a successful lawyer whose practice is representing "the little guy," runs a small business with her husband, has two children in Berkshire schools, and understands all of the issues affecting the district.

Andrea is very qualified because she is a woman whose entire life has involved meeting and overcoming challenges. Her endorsement by the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus speaks volumes. On its web site, the caucus cites a study that demonstrated that women legislators spend more of their efforts and time advocating for issues that are important to women and families: health, education, affordable and accessible day care, and issues pertaining to the well-being of children. In addition, women legislators bring more resources back to their home districts, are more likely to work across the aisle, and sponsor and co-sponsor more pieces of legislation than their male counterparts do.


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In the words of Hillary Clinton, "If fighting for women's health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in."

Andrea Harrington is the BEST choice for state senator on Sept. 8.

P. Keyburn Hollister, Pittsfield