Letter: Many reasons to vote for Farley-Bouvier

Many reasons to vote for Farley-Bouvier

To the editor:

As a School Committee member, educator and 20-year resident of Pittsfield, I am voting to reelect Tricia Farley-Bouvier for state representative and this is why:

First, Tricia is a staunch advocate for education. She has fought passionately for funding for the full-time kindergarten grant and continues to fight for universal pre-K, especially for the Gateway Cities, of which Pittsfield is one, and she will continue the fight to keep the cap on charter schools. Tricia has also fought tirelessly over the past decade and secured funding for the new Taconic High School.

But, her advocacy does not stop at pre-K-12 education. Tricia fights passionately to ensure equity in funding for our community colleges and has been committed to working with administrators at Berkshire Community College to keep abreast of issues impacting higher education. Tricia meets regularly with Supt. McCandless of the Pittsfield Public Schools and President Kennedy of BCC. She understands education is the way out of poverty and the key to improved economic development.

Second, I am voting to reelect Tricia Farley-Bouvier because of her character. Tricia is service oriented, not politically motivated. She has been advocating for the improvement of people's lives long before she became a state rep and will continue long after she leaves public office. Tricia is known as the leader in the House on issues of child welfare and her advocacy for social workers.

As a member of the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Tricia was instrumental in passing the new opioid bill and advocating for the establishment of two new opioid addiction facilities in Pittsfield. As co-chair of the Progressive Caucus, she was a key leader in advocating for a strong renewable energy bill, including having rules put in place to hold the gas companies accountable for their gas leaks.

Finally, I am voting to reelect Tricia because she represents all her constituents. She is accessible, values diversity and appreciates others' differences. Tricia is a good listener who seeks first to understand, then to be understood. I have personally witnessed Tricia work to bring diverse members of our community together to solve problems and become a more culturally competent community.

She is the kind of person I want representing my community in Boston and it is why I urge you to join me in voting to reelect Tricia Farley-Bouvier for our state representative on Thursday, Sept. 8.

Pamela A. Farron, Pittsfield


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