Letter: Pittsfield has change-agent in Rep. Farley-Bouvier

Pittsfield has change-agent in Rep. Farley-Bouvier

To the editor:

What Pittsfield does not need right now is a change in the state representative position. We will already have a new state senator replacing Ben Downing. Tricia Farley-Bouvier will provide the support and contacts to help the senator learn the ropes.

To those that suggest we need change, I say Tricia is the change-maker. She was a part of a group of women who changed the Pittsfield City Council by electing three women to a formerly all-male council and she served us very well in that role. She is the first woman state representative from Pittsfield. She has made representing families the focus of her political career before it began popular.

She is a member of important committees — Committee of Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities and the Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, where change has happened in the way we treat children in state custody, individuals with substance abuse issues, victims of sexual assault and transgender individuals. Tricia has worked hard on the Equal Pay Act and raising the minimum wage because she knows changing the wage structure supports families.

When we talk about political change we want an honest, smart, hard-working representative who does not make decisions based on electability but on sound understanding of the issues, a representative, who can listen to both sides and find a win-win solution and a representative who is respected by her peers.

In re-electing Tricia Farley-Bouvier on Sept. 8 we will have a representative who has proven she can make change happen and be an honest and respected elected official. As Rep. Benjamin Swan (D-Springfield), a 22-year veteran of the House said in a recent trip to Pittsfield "Why would you change when you have one of the best representatives in the House?"

Marjorie Cohan, Pittsfield


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