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Hinds releases his priorities on education

PITTSFIELD >> State Senate candidate Adam Hinds has released his proposals to ensure students in the district receive access to high-quality public education.

"Access to a high-quality public education afforded me every opportunity to go out into the world and be successful. Every child within the district should have the same opportunity," Hinds said. "In the context of difficult school budget negotiations throughout the district, a starting point is addressing flawed formulas for state contributions to local municipalities for education."

Katherine Yon, chairwoman of the Pittsfield School Committee and a Hinds supporter, said, "I believe Adam Hinds has the determination and commitment to be a strong advocate in Boston to make a difference. He demonstrates a keen understanding of the issues we face, and he has the determination to fight for change. Adam knows that education is the foundation for the future, and I am confident he will work hard to secure that future for all of us."

"Education is at the center of who we are and reflects our investment in the next generation," said Hinds, a Pittsfield Democrat. "A successful Pre-K-12 education is also central to work force development and to retaining and attracting residents. As state senator, strengthening education — from free Pre-k through high school — will be central to my work."

Further information on the candidate is posted at www.adamhinds.org/news

Harrington endorsed for Senate by union locals

PITTSFIELD >> Andrea Harrington, a local attorney and small business owner running in the Democratic Primary for state Senate, has been endorsed by Western Massachusetts Carpenters Union Local 108 and SEIU Local 888.

Harrington is seeking the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden District soon to be vacated by Sen. Ben Downing.

Tim Craw, president of Carpenters Local 108 said, "Andrea clearly understands what is at stake for all working men and women and their families. Andrea not only grew up in hard-working family, but she and her husband Tim are raising their children here and work very hard running a family owned business in the Berkshires. Our region, and this Senate district in particular, needs a strong leader like Andrea representing us in the state Senate."

"I am honored to have been endorsed by the Western Massachusetts Carpenters Union and SEIU Local 888," Harrington said. "As someone who grew up in a working family in the Berkshires, I was taught that if you work hard and play by the rules, you should have access to great education, good career pathways, and limitless opportunity. I am running for state Senate to be a bold, progressive voice for Western Massachusetts, and I look forward to working with residents across the district on the issues that matter to us. I will be a tireless advocate for our communities as we work to combat the opioid epidemic, invest in public education, and develop comprehensive strategies to promote environmental sustainability and create jobs for our region."

The candidate grew up in Richmond where she currently lives with her husband, Tim, and their two young sons. Harrington is an attorney and owns a small business in West Stockbridge.

SEIU Local 888 endorses Farley-Bouvier campaign

PITTSFIELD >> The Service Employee Employees International Union Local 888 has endorsed state Rep.Tricia Farley-Bouvier, D-Pittsfield, for re-election.

"We are proud to support Tricia Farley-Bouvier in her bid for re-election," SEIU Local 888 President Mark DelloRusso said in a statement. "In 2014, she stood tall with working families as a leader of the Raise Up agenda in the House to raise the minimum wage and bring earned sick time to our state. That took courage. As we continue that work on paid family medical leave and a $15 minimum wage, we need leaders with courage like Rep. Farley-Bouvier."

"SEIU has a strong history of supporting progressive causes including worker's rights, and working toward improving the lives of workers and their families. It is truly an honor to accept their endorsement," said Farley-Bouvier. "We have several issues that we both strongly support, and I look forward to working with SEIU to continue the fight for Pittsfield families."


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