UCP to hold debate for state Senate candidates

NORTH ADAMS >> United Cerebral Palsy of Berkshire County and the UCP Self Advocate group invite the community and beyond to attend a debate among candidates in the state Senate race.

On Friday at 5 p.m., Democratic Senate hopefuls Adam Hinds, Andrea Harrington, Rinaldo Del Gallo, and Republican candidate Christine Canning will debate a variety of topics pertinent to the region.

The event will be in the Community Room at UCP's North Adams office, 535 Curran Highway, North Adams, and will be moderated by UCP Executive Director Salvatore Garozzo. UCP Self Advocates group is a club of UCP consumers who come together to advocate for their independence and seek to live a normal life among their communities all while creating social relationships. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Sue Bushika, 413-664-9345.

Christine Canning opens Senate campaign headquarters

PITTSFIELD >> GOP state Senate candidate Christine Canning has opened her campaign headquarters at 437 North St. in Pittsfield. About 70 people attended by the end of the evening, including county residents from various parties.

During a wine and cheese reception hosted by the Berkshire County Republican Association, Democrats, Libertarians, socialists, independents, and Republican voters gathered to support the candidate.

Canning, a native of Pittsfield, is the daughter of Kathy and Jay Canning of Pittsfield. A widow, she currently lives with her two children in Lanesborough.


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The candidate currently is finishing her fifth college degree, completing her studies with her doctorate in policy

"Chris Canning is the best candidate for this position. She has the education, expertise, and experience to revive our area. She is sharp, a go-getter, and has a track record of successes," said Tyler Hastings, a libertarian, who has just been appointed the president of the BCRA.

Canning has worked on contract for presidential courts, ministries, American embassies, the RELO Programs for the Department of State, Georgetown, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement and won book contracts with HCT Press and McGraw Hill.

She has spoken at Moscow State University, the American Universities, Cambridge University in the UK, TESOL International, and at other international and domestic conferences as a keynote. Canning has also been a whistleblower on corruption. She owns two Supplier Diversity Office certified companies.

People interested in supporting Chris Canning can contact her at canning4senate.com, visiting her office at 437 North St., or emailing: chriscanningforstatesenate@gmail.com.

Rep. Neal announces support for Hurley in council race

SPRINGFIELD >> U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, has announced his support of Mary E. Hurley, candidate for Governor's Council.

"I have known Mary Hurley since we both worked as substitute teachers in the Springfield Public Schools. When I was an aide to Mayor William Sullivan, she worked in the Springfield Law Department and was the lawyer for the city council. We continued to work together on the city council and when I was elected as mayor, I often relied on her for her valuable insight and leadership. Mary followed me as mayor of the city of Springfield, where she did an excellent job in difficult financial times. She was also mindful of the environment, initiating recycling in the city.

"I continued to follow Mary's career on the bench. Her reputation throughout the community was that of an outstanding judge who was fair and compassionate. The hallmark of her career has always been public service at its best. To that end, I am fully aware of the shortage of judges throughout this congressional district. I know full well that Mary will fight for Western Massachusetts to get our fair share of court personnel."

Hurley said, "Richie has worked tirelessly for his constituents, and I am truly honored to have his endorsement in my bid for Governor's Council. We worked together in Springfield to make sure both our administrations were one's of inclusion, especially in regard to diverse members of the community. If elected I hope to work with elected officials, like him, to make sure Western Massachusetts gets its fair share."