On the Trail: Politics roundup for June 24

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North Adams mayor endorses Hinds for state Senate

NORTH ADAMS — Mayor Richard J. Alcombright has endorsed Adam Hinds for state Senate in the 1st Berkshire District.

"I am very pleased to support my colleague and community leader, Adam Hinds," said Alcombright.

"Adam's work in Pittsfield with at-risk youth was inspirational and his transition to working with the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition — in some of the most challenged neighborhoods of North Adams — was seamless," the mayor said.

"I have known and interacted with Adam for several years and have found him to be hard-working, intelligent and thoughtful," Alcombright said. "Adam takes his leadership role very seriously in listening to the concerns of the greater northern Berkshire community around transportation, medical services, addiction, education and the economy."

The Senate candidate worked in the offices of U.S. Rep. John Olver, D-Amherst, and U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., before serving for nearly a decade with the United Nations, largely stationed in the Middle East.

He returned to the area to work with the Pittsfield Community Coalition and the Pittsfield Shannon Grant before being recruited to lead the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition. He is seeking the Democratic nomination for the Senate seat now held by Sen. Ben Downing, who is retiring from the office.

State campaign finance officials to conduct seminar

PITTSFIELD >> Representatives of the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance will be in City Council chambers at City Hall in Pittsfield on Wednesday, June 29, at 6 p.m. to conduct a training seminar for legislative candidates, local party committees and other interested parties.

The seminar is expected to last about one hour and will include a review of campaign finance disclosure rules, as well as a demonstration of the agency's reporting system.

The seminar is open to the public. No RSVP is required.

For information, contact the OCPF at 1-800-462-6273.

Harrington to open campaign HQ in Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD >> State Senate candidate Andrea Harrington will formally open her new compaign headquarters in Pittsfield on Tuesday, June 28.

Harrington, a Democrat running for Senate in the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden district, is a local attorney and small business owner who grew up in the Berkshires. She is raising her two young sons in Richmond with her husband.

Opening of the headquarters, at 139 North St., in downtown Pittsfield, will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Harrington is opposed in the Sept. 8 Democratic primary by Adam Hinds, of Pittsfield, and Rinaldo Del Gallo, of Lenox. Christine Canning is the lone Republican in the Senate race.


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