Letter: Hinds is well-qualified to serve in state Senate

Hinds is well-qualified for state Senate position

To the editor:

Serving as U.S. representative in the First Congressional District — our home — was one of the greatest honors of my life, and there is no other place in the country that I would choose to represent. I care a great deal about the future of Western Massachusetts, and that is why I support and endorse Democrat Adam Hinds for state Senate in the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin, and Hampden District.

I came to know Adam well when he worked on my campaigns in 1998 and 2000. Adam has unquestionable character, a guiding principle to do what is right, and an inestimable work ethic. Adam served as a peacemaker for the United Nations, often moving into harm's way in the Middle East to create a better way of life for those who live there. He founded Pittsfield Community Connection, and devoted himself to confronting the impact of poverty and keeping at-risk kids from falling into gangs and violence. Working for the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, Adam tackles community issues of addiction, health care, and employment head-on.

Before I served as a member of Congress, I was a state senator for 19 years. In my time in the Massachusetts Legislature, and elsewhere in my career, I learned what it takes to get things done in government. I know Adam Hinds has exactly what it takes to be a strong voice and powerful advocate for this region.

As an unabashed progressive, I naturally want to see another progressive champion take up the mantle of representation in Western Massachusetts. Adam Hinds is the candidate to do that. He has a demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice.

These are qualities that we need in the next state senator: a proven dedication to solve our toughest regional challenges; a demonstrated, community-oriented work ethic; and a proactive passion for the district. Adam Hinds embodies all these qualities. I proudly support his campaign.

If you agree, I ask that you take the steps to support him too. Mark Sept. 8 on your calendar as the day to go out and vote. Visit the website adamhinds.org to volunteer. Knock on doors, tell your neighbors, and put out a lawn sign.

We are a little over a month away from the Sept. 8 primary. Please join me in supporting Adam Hinds for state Senate.

John W. Olver, Amherst


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