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PITTSFIELD — State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier will officially launch her re-election campaign during a kick-off even Friday, June 17, at the Itam Lodge, 93 Waubeek Road, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The event will feature special guest Attorney General Maura Healey.

"I'm thrilled and honored to be running for re-election in Pittsfield, so that I can continue advocating for the values and concerns of everyone who resides, visits, and does business in our city," said Farley-Bouvier. "I'm honored that the AG is making the trip out to support me, she said.

"This campaign is about being invested in Pittsfield families. That includes finding common sense solutions to create jobs, invest in the local economy, and solve the opioid crisis," she said. "These are the issues important to Pittsfield and to our commonwealth. These are the reasons why I'm running."

In 2002, Farley-Bouvier became involved in local politics, working with the "Save Our Schools" campaign to secure reliable funding for Pittsfield Public Schools. The following year, the grassroots group "Women Helping Empower Neighbors" supported her campaign for at-large city councilor. She received more votes than any other elected official.

Farley-Bouvier has served as the director of administration in the Pittsfield mayor's office, and was elected to the Legislature in a 2011 special election.

She currently serves on the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, the House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, and the House Committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling.

During her tenure, she said she has gotten progressive results by fighting for an array of pressing reforms, including those addressing sexual violence on college campuses, gun violence, veterans' services, transgender anti-discrimination, public records access, safe driving, and clean energy.

PITTSFIELD >> Jeff Morneau, a candidate for the Western Massachusetts seat on the Governor's Council, will be in Pittsfield Friday to meet with voters.

Morneau will be at Dottie's Coffee House at 444 North St. from 4 to 5:15 p.m. The public is invited to meet the candidate for the council, which reviews judicial and other nominations from the governor.

Morneau, an attorney, was raised in Holyoke and now resides in East Longmeadow with his wife and their two children. In 2011, he founded Connor, Morneau & Olin, a firm specializing in assisting employees, labor unions, and consumer rights through negotiation and arbitration, as well as through individual and class-action litigation in state and federal courts and administrative agencies.

He is president of the Hampden County Bar Association and works with bar association leaders in Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire County.

Morneau has taught Employment Law, Business Law, and Sports Law at Holyoke Community College

SPRINGFIELD >> Former Springfield Mayor Charlie Ryan has announced his endorsement of Mary E. Hurley for Governor's Council in the Eighth District, representing Western Massachusetts.

"When she was mayor of Springfield, she served with honor and distinction. Mary is respected throughout the entire legal community of Massachusetts, and I am happy to endorse her for Governor's Council," said Ryan. "As a judge, Mary had an excellent reputation for fairness and compassion while still being mindful of the importance of public safety."

Ryan served as Springfield mayor from 1962-67 and again from 2004-08. He is the only Springfield mayor to serve in two different centuries.

"I have known Mary Hurley for many years," Ryan said. "I am confident that Mary will be an outstanding member of the Governor's Council; above all, she simply loves the community of Western Massachusetts. I have never seen anyone with quite the amount of spirit and passion for both the law and public service."

For more information about Hurley and her bid for Governor's Council, visit electmaryhurley.com.


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