Four potential Berkshire County legislative candidates take papers

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PITTSFIELD — There are at least four new potential candidates for state House and Senate seats in Berkshire County.

Two potential candidates have taken out nomination papers this month at the city clerk's office for the 3rd Berkshire District House seat now held by state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, D-Pittsfield, and two others took papers for the state Senate seat held by Sen. Ben Downing, D-Pittsfield, who is not seeking another term.

The first possible Republican candidates for Berkshire legislative seats have pulled nomination papers at City Hall. These include Alexander Blumin, who has been an advocate for more liberal public comment period rules at City Council meetings, and Thomas Wallace, both of Pittsfield. If they return nomination papers, the two would face off in a Republican primary in September to run against the Democratic House candidate in November.

Farley-Bouvier, who is seeking another term, thus far would face Michael Bloomberg of Holmes Road in the Democratic primary.

Pittsfield Ward 4 City Councilor Christopher Connell is running for the House seat as an independent.

Thus far unopposed for new terms in the House are Reps. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox, Gailanne Cariddi, D-North Adams, and Paul Mark, D-Peru.

Christine Canning, of Lanesborough, has taken out papers to run for the state Senate seat now held by Downing. She is seeking the Republican nomination.

And Pittsfield attorney Rinaldo Del Gallo, who has been an activist on environmental issues, has taken out papers to run for the Senate in the Democratic primary. He said he is planning to run "as a Bernie Sanders progressive" in the race.

Also having announced for the Senate seat are Democrats Adam Hinds, the executive director of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition in North Adams and former coordinator of the Pittsfield Community Connection anti-youth violence initiative, and Andrea Harrington, of Richmond, an attorney with Hellman, Shearn & Arienti of Great Barrington.

The Senate District represents 52 communities and includes all of Berkshire County and parts of Hampshire, Hamden and Franklin counties.

Contact Jim Therrien at 413-496-6247.


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