PITTSFIELD — For state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, the highlight of Hillary Clinton's campaign stop in Springfield on Monday was the presidential candidate's immediate response when the city of Pittsfield was mentioned.
"She just said, 'Colonial Theatre!' She remembered coming here as first lady, and that's pretty cool," Farley-Bouvier said of when she and others were being introduced to Clinton prior to a campaign rally.
As first lady, Clinton came to Pittsfield in 1998 as part of a tour to promote the Save America's Treasures program. The historic theater, which was being considered for restoration at the time, was completed over the next several years and reopened for performances in 2006.
The former secretary of state and New York senator also mentioned the theater and Pittsfield in her remarks to supporters gathered Monday morning at the Wood Museum of Springfield History.
Farley-Bouvier said a number of Berkshire residents made the trip to Springfield, as Clinton visited Massachusetts on the eve the state's primary and the other Super Tuesday contests. According to polls, Clinton has been locked in a close race here with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Sanders was most recently in Western Massachusetts Feb. 22, drawing a large crowd at the Mullins Center at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He was expected to campaign in Milton later Monday.
"The way she handled the crowd was remarkable; she was terrific," the Pittsfield Democrat said, adding that the candidate tried to talk to everyone who attended after her remarks.
Farley-Bouvier said she sensed the importance the Clinton campaign is placing on Massachusetts — one of 11 primary or caucus events on Super Tuesday, because she also made a stop at Old South Meeting House in Boston, and former President Bill Clinton was due to campaign for her in Worcester.
"I think she sees Massachusetts in play, and she wants it bad," Farley-Bouvier said.
Also attending the Clinton event in Springfield were U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing, state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.