Letter: Harrington will be a warrior for Western Massachusetts

Harrington will be a warrior for Western. Ma.

To the editor:

Tough. Talented. Tenacious. Timely. That's Andrea Harrington and these are just a few of the reasons I'm supporting her bid in the Democratic primary to fill the seat vacated by our beloved Sen. Ben Downing.

I live in Middlefield, one of the 52 towns in District 1. Andrea visited us here and talked about herself and her campaign, but more than that she asked good questions about our issues and both encouraged and listened to our answers.

One of the things she spoke of is the power of the voice of the people. At a recent debate, when asked what could be done to solve our problems, she mentioned the long history of grass-roots activists in the Berkshires and pointed to a recent example of success — opposition to the Kinder-Morgan pipeline. As history and Bernie Sanders have reminded us, real change doesn't happen from the top down, but from the bottom up.

Hundreds of area folks recently turned out to see Elizabeth Warren at BCC. As I listened to our great warrior of a U.S. senator I thought about how much Andrea, too, believes in people and place and in government that is accountable to both.

While we have two very good Democratic candidates running for this office, I believe Andrea is the right choice for these times. She is a new face in politics — a warrior like Ben Downing and Elizabeth Warren in working for funding our schools, creating good jobs, developing small businesses, providing housing families can afford, ensuring a healthy environment and building a promising future. She is also a fierce advocate for working together, from the bottom up, with all voices welcome, which is the very essence of the Berkshires and of good government.

I strongly support Andrea Harrington to represent Western Mass. I welcome having her fresh, young and female voice in the state Senate.

Cathy Roth, Middlefield


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