Citing his experience, Knight backs Caccaviello in DA race

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PITTSFIELD — Judith Knight has teamed up with District Attorney Paul Caccaviello to defeat Andrea Harrington in the final faceoff in the Berkshire DA race.

Knight, the third-place finisher in last month's Democratic primary, has endorsed Caccaviello, who is mounting a write-in campaign after losing by about 700 voters to Andrea Harrington on Sept. 4.

Standing in front of the Berkshire County courthouse on Tuesday afternoon, Knight touted Caccaviello's experience and character as why he, not Harrington, should be the Berkshires top prosecutor.

"I have found the role of district attorney is more than party politics; it's about the individual. I have found Paul has integrity, is trustworthy and open-minded," she said.

Knight, a private practice attorney who herself spent five years in the Middlesex County District attorney's office, said Harrington is too inexperienced to be the next Berkshire DA.

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"[Harrington] said she would run the DA's office like she ran her campaign and I find that disturbing," she said.

Caccaviello has spent his entire 30-year legal career in the Berkshire DA's office, the last several years as the first assistant district attorney under David Capeless. Capeless resigned the post in March, allowing Caccaviello to run for the office as the district attorney.

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In an August debate prior to the primary, Harrington noted district attorneys with zero experience are getting elected because the public wants change. She claimed the Berkshire DA's office is opposed to any kind of criminal justice reform.

Knight disagreed, believing Caccaviello is open and willing to work toward reforms.

When reached for comment Tuesday, Harrington said, ""I'm proud to be the Democratic nominee for District Attorney and look forward to bringing needed reform and new energy to the District Attorney's Office."

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Caccaviello announced his write-in campaign two weeks after losing the three-way race between he, Knight and Harrington. Harrington appeared to have a free ride in the November general election as no other candidate would be on the ballot, until Caccaviello announced his write-in campaign two weeks after the primary.

This past weekend, Caccaviello went door-to-door in the Berkshires handing out flyers and business-size cards that explain to voters how to properly write a candidate's name on a ballot.

Unlike the general election when all registered voters can cast ballots, the primary was limited to registered Democrats and those not affiliated with an recognized political party.

Harrington won the primary with nearly 40 percent of the vote, or 8,232 votes; Caccaviello was second with 7,540 and Knight third with 5,066 out of the more than 21,000 votes cast.

Dick Lindsay can be reached at rlindsay@berkshireeagle.com and 413-496-6233


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