On the Trail: Political briefs


Andrea Harrington, a local attorney and small business owner running in the Democratic Primary for State Senate, has been endorsed by the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus.

MWPC is a non-partisan organization in Massachusetts that has supported political campaigns for women, including those of Attorney General Maura Healey, Treasurer Deb Goldberg, Auditor Suzanne Bump, and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Harrington is a Democrat running for the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin, Hampden Senate District soon to be vacated by Sen. Ben Downing, D-Pittsfield.

"I am honored to have the Mass Women's Political Caucus supporting my campaign for state Senate," Harrington said. "I am running for office 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 am committed to fighting for important causes like pay equity, paid family leave, and universal pre-K. 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."

Harrington grew up in Richmond where she currently lives with her husband, Tim, and their two young sons.

Democratic state Senate candidate for the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin, Hampshire District Adam Hinds has been endorsed by former Congressman John W. Olver.

"Today, I am thrilled to endorse Adam Hinds for state Senate," said Olver. "Having spent a lifetime in public service to Western Massachusetts, I understand the amount of time and effort that it takes to advocate for this region. I served in the Massachusetts Legislature for more than two decades, and I know what it takes to make Beacon Hill pay attention to the needs of this region."

He added, "Adam Hinds is remarkably capable and will be the strongest voice and most powerful advocate for Western Massachusetts. Adam understands the many challenges we face in this region, and has what it takes to bring resources back to the district ... Adam embodies these values in every aspect of his life, from his early political work to the years he spent in service at the U.N., to his community work in Pittsfield and North Adams."

"I am humbled and honored to receive Congressman Olver's support," said Hinds. "The Congressman's work in service to Western Massachusetts, the Commonwealth and our country has done so much to improve the lives of students, working families, and veterans. He's the workhorse, and I hope to embody that determined approach to serving the region.

Olver was elected to the U.S. House in 1991, representing the Massachusetts First Congressional District, and served until his retirement 2013.

Jeff Morneau, president of the Hampden County Bar Association and candidate for Governor's Council, has challenged his opponent, Mary Hurley, to two debates in each of the four western counties before the state's Sept. 8 Democratic Primary election.

He said the challenge comes in response to his opponent's campaign rejection of the opportunity to debate in Franklin County on July 19 and only agreeing to one debate in late August in Hampden County.

"The public and media should challenge each of us about our track records and vision for this public office," he said. "Being accessible and open is a core value of a any candidate or elected official."

Morneau asserted "there are a number of independent community groups and media outlets in the four counties willing to host candidate forums or debates. I'm prepared to debate or discuss issues and ideas starting this week."

The Massachusetts Organization of State Engineers & Scientists has endorsed state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, D-Pittsfield, in her campaign for re-election.

"Rep. Farley-Bouvier's commitment to the working families of Pittsfield make it an easy choice to endorse her candidacy. Her record as State Representative exemplifies her continued commitment," said MOSES President Joe Dorant in a letter sent to members.

"Government is about teamwork, and I am grateful for the work MOSES has done to help better our commonwealth. I look forward to the opportunity to continue our partnership as state representative," said Rep. Farley-Bouvier.

The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus announced its endorsement of state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, D-Pittsfield, for re-election. The MWPC is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to increasing the representation of women in political office and in policy positions.

"I am excited that the MWPC has decided to endorse our campaign," Farley-Bouvier said. "The MWPC has been a tireless partner in assuring that women have a seat at the table in policy decisions and in government. I look forward to the opportunity to continue working with the MWPC and continuing the work of bringing the voices of women into the political dialogue."


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