Pittsfield City Councilor Christopher Connell to announce bid for House seat


PITTSFIELD — City Councilor Christopher Connell plans to enter the 2016 race for the House seat now held by Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, D-Pittsfield.

Connell, of Dawes Avenue, said he will detail his reasons for running for the 3rd Berkshire District seat during a press conference at 3:30 p.m. Thursday on the City Hall front steps.

The Ward 4 councilor, now beginning his third term, said he is an independent politically and is not enrolled in either the Democratic or Republican party. He said he has until March 8 to declare whether to seek the nomination of one of the parties or pursue an independent ballot line.

While a councilor, Connell has also served on several committees and commissions, including the Traffic Commission.

Connell, 57, has said his interest in seeking a legislative seat dates back to his early years growing up in the Bennington, Vt., area. After graduating from St. Michael's College in Colchester, Vt., he worked in Rhode Island for many years before moving to Pittsfield in 2002.

He said family members have lived in Pittsfield since the 1970s.

Asked Wednesday whether she will seek another term in 2016, Farley-Bouvier said, "I am indeed running."

Contact Jim Therrien at 413-496-6247.


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