Letter: Farley-Bouvier a leader on local, state issues

Farley-Bouvier a leader on local, state issues

To the editor:

We would like to join with many others in our community in voicing our support for re-electing Tricia Farley-Bouvier as our state representative.

For us, she exemplifies what is best in the label "Democratic." She displays the values and the activism that make the Democratic Party, at its best, representative of the interests of the majority of our citizens. She understands, as does Sen. Elizabeth Warren said this past Saturday at Berkshire Community College, that the progressive agenda is, above all, an American agenda. And she takes seriously Sen. Warren's dictum, " you can't win what you don't fight for."

Tricia is not just someone who votes the right way. Her record in the House reflects her commitment to fighting and winning for us legislation that will level the playing field and make the commonwealth a better place in which to live, even when it means she has to buck the leadership to do so. As chair of the House Progressive Caucus, she has worked with her colleagues to champion the causes that she ardently believes in, raising the minimum wage, equal pay for equal work, preserving our Article 97 conservation land from corporate overreaching and protecting us from dangerous gas leaks. Equally important is what Tricia and her caucus has saved us from: permission in energy bills for utilities to tack on a tariff to consumers to pay for pipelines that would not benefit them.

Tricia's election to the co-chairmanship of the Progressive Caucus is indicative of the respect she has earned among her colleagues. She has also become a respected voice within the state Democratic Party, not least of all because she goes to bat for progressive legislators in other districts to preserve their seats from Republican challengers. As a result, Tricia was appointed deputy whip at the Democratic national convention in Philadelphia this past July.

What's also remarkable about Tricia is that she does not wear blinders. She speaks out forcefully and knowledgeably on momentous national issues as well as local ones. So when the Pittsfield City Council was considering a resolution calling for the overturning of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, she spoke to the Council about the importance of adding its voice to the movement to reinstitute limits on campaign financing. Her advocacy helped move the needle and in the end the council voted overwhelmingly for the resolution.

She exemplifies the mature leadership we need to deal with the economic, educational and energy challenges Pittsfield and the Berkshires face in the coming years. We urge you to vote on Thursday, Sept. 8 to return Tricia Farley-Bouvier to the Massachusetts House.

Louise and Frank Farkas, Pittsfield


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