Letter: Re-elect Galvin, a friend to Berkshires


To the editor:

This year's Democratic primary for secretary of state is perhaps one of the most important contests for this office in recent memory. For the past 24years, Bill Galvin has served with distinction as our secretary of state. During his tenure he has proven himself to be a true public servant in every sense. I have witnessed firsthand the effectiveness of his office in so many ways.

As secretary of state he has brought professionalism and transparency to the office. The secretary of state's office today is state-of-the-art and easily accessible to all who visit its website. Bill Galvin supported automatic voter registration which this year became law, making it easier for people to register to vote. Perhaps his greatest attribute to us in Berkshire County: he knows where we are.

There are many historic preservation projects that never would have come to fruition without the help of Bill Galvin. During my tenure as mayor of North Adams I often turned to him and the Massachusetts Historical Commission for assistance to help save a historical building from the wrecking ball. There are many historical buildings in Berkshire County that have been saved and brought back to life through the efforts of Bill Galvin. He has been an excellent secretary of state and a good friend to the people here in Berkshire County.

I hope you will join me in voting for Secretary of State Bill Galvin in the Democratic Primary on September 4.

John Barrett III,

North Adams

The author is the state representative for the 1st Berkshire District.



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