Green-Rainbow candidate makes pitch for state rep

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LENOX -- Candidate for state representative L. Scott Laugenour hosted a "meet and greet" Thursday night, talking to supporters at the Firefly Restaurant.

The evening itself was low-key, with Laugenour meeting with supporters and speaking mostly one-on-one. There were probably a few dozen people moving in and out of the restaurant during the event.

Fellow Green-Rainbow Party member Mark Miller was also on hand. Laugenour is running for a two-year term in the 4th Berkshire District, while Miller is seeking a similar term in the 3rd Berkshire District.

"I've been out there, knocking on doors, meeting people," said Laugenour. "And a lot of them don't recall the last time they had a choice in this district."

For the record, state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli last faced an opponent in 2004, when he defeated Republican challenger James Bashour.

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Laugenour said one of his party's platforms is refusing to take money from lobbyists or officers of corporations who hire lobbyists.

He said a local campaign like his does not particularly count on such funds anyway, but that it probably affects Green Party candidates running for more regional or national office.

Laugenour said his principal platforms are a single-payer health care system; tax fairness; the environment, which includes conservation and maintaining a strong public sector.

The latter position means making sure that individuals can afford health care and educational costs.

"You shouldn't have to go into debt to get well," he said. "You shouldn't have to go into debt to go to college.

"We have a regressive tax situation, with all the insider deals," he said.


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