Our Opinion: A welcome political debate moves to final stage


The stage is set for the November elections for Pittsfield state representative and Western Massachusetts state senator, and the continuation of a good debate on the issues.

Incumbent State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier held off a formidable challenge from Mike Bloomberg to win the Democratic primary. Incumbent legislators traditionally win primary challenges handily, but two incumbent state legislators in Eastern Massachusetts were defeated and Ms. Farley-Bouvier won a hard-fought race.

Mr. Bloomberg impressed with his aggressive campaign and hard work on the campaign trail. He says he wants to dedicate himself to urban revitalization and ideally he can do this from Pittsfield, where he would be a positive contributor.

Adam Hinds, who established him as an active member of the Berkshire community in just a few years, won the Democratic primary for state senator over Andrea Harrington and Rinaldo Del Gallo, III. Ms. Harrington polled well after a solid campaign and, like Mr. Bloomberg, established herself as someone to watch on the political scene in the years ahead.

Ms. Farley-Bouvier will now take on independent candidate Christopher Connell while Mr. Hinds meets Republican Christine Canning for the seat to be vacated by the retiring Ben Downing. While voter turnout was predictably low for the primaries, that shouldn't be the case on November 8, when a presidential election will be decided and four ballot questions, including questions on charter schools and legalizing marijuana, will go before voters.

The primary season debate on critical Berkshire and Massachusetts issues was healthy for the region. We look forward to that continuing in the weeks ahead.


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