Letter: Mark would make an excellent state senator

Mark would make an excellent state senator

To the editor:

I read Clarence Fanto's Sunday, Feb. 7 column, in which he noted that Rep. Paul Mark is considering a run for state Senate, with great interest. Rep. Mark is extremely well-qualified to be the next senator from the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden District. He would be a champion for everyone in the 52 cities and towns.

Paul Mark is a legislator in whom we can all believe. He is an individual from a working class family who never forgets what it's like to struggle to make ends meet. Rep. Mark understands the power of organized labor in maintaining a middle class.

He is well-educated and wants all of our children to be so as well. Rep. Mark has been a champion of public education from pre-K through college. He led a subcommittee on student loan debt and has been a staunch advocate for students. When you've spend time discussing your concerns with him, you know he has heard you.

Rep. Mark's law school training (he has a JD from Suffolk University) enhanced his skills to work strategically. Representing even more of us in Western Ma. as a senator will allow him to be a stronger voice for all of us in Boston. Perhaps one of the most attractive qualities that he possesses is the unconditional regard he has for all of those he represents; farmer, small business owner, teacher, communications worker, student, senior citizen, or the unemployed are all valued constituents.

Because of Rep. Mark's work ethic, intelligence, and ability to work strategically for us all in Boston, I unequivocally urge him to run.

Liz Recko-Morrison, Pittsfield


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