Democratic State Senate Candidate Adam Hinds has unveiled his economic development platform as part of a tour of a recent tour of the businesses in the Berkshire-Hampshire-Franklin-Hampden Senate district.
Hinds has laid out the priorities as senator, including supporting the strategic shift in Western Massachusetts from extensive efforts to attract large employers to a focus "on its unique strengths, ingenuity, and assets."
He cited "established businesses in the region are world-class advanced manufacturing firms doing innovative work in plastics, glass, and other materials," saying he "will make sure they have what they need to grow right here."
Hinds also said he will "ensure the dialogue between regional employers and educational centers strengthens to promote the training that the regional workforce requires," noting a gap between local unemployment "and the nearly 2,000 available jobs in the region."
In his statement, he also cited a need for infrastructure improvement, including the transportation systems and broadband Internet service. And he pledged to support the district's creative economy and the hospitality, culture and recreation industries, while working to close the socio-economic divide in the region.
The candidate's complete economic platform can be viewed on his website — adamhinds.org — which includes campaign and biographical information.
Andrea Harrington, a Richmond attorney and small business owner running in the Democratic Primary for state Senate has officially qualified for the ballot.
Harrington submitted well over the required 300 certified signatures to the Secretary of State's office and will appear on the ballot in the primary on Thursday, Sept. 8.
Harrington said, "I'm proud of the true districtwide campaign we are running. From Williamstown to Westhampton and Pittsfield to Peru, we have been hosting meet and greets, collecting signatures, and meeting voters in their communities.
"I am running for state Senate to be a strong, progressive voice for Western Massachusetts, and I look forward to working with residents across the district on the issues that matter to us."
Harrington grew up in Richmond where she currently lives with her husband, Tim, and their two young sons. Harrington is an attorney and owns a small business in West Stockbridge.
Harrington is a graduate of Taconic High School in Pittsfield, the University of Washington, and American University's School of Law.