State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier runs unopposed in 3rd Berkshire District
PITTSFIELD - State Rep. Tricia Farley- Bouvier has a clear path back to Beacon Hill this November.
The Democrat will be running unopposed in the 3rd Berkshire District, following Green-Rainbow candidate Mark Miller's confirmation that he won't make a third attempt for the seat, which includes most of Pittsfield, this fall. Tuesday was the deadline to file nomination papers for the office.
Miller lost to Farley-Bouvier by 192 votes in the special election last October to fill the seat, which was vacated mid-term by former Rep. Christopher Speranzo, who defeated Miller in the 2010 general election.
Miller had taken out nomination papers to run again, but he said he ultimately decided he needs to focus on other aspects of his life that get pushed to the wayside during campaigns.
"I essentially took two years out of my life to run those two times, and there's just a lot of digging out that I have to do to put my life back together," said Miller.
Also a factor in Miller's decision is that this is a presidential election year, which, combined with the intense fight between the likely Democratic nominee for Senate, Elizabeth Warren, and incumbent Republican Sen. Scott Brown, will lead to heavy Democratic voter turnout.
Many of those voters, he said, will reflexively vote the Democratic ticket, making his chances of winning as a Green-Rainbow candidate unlikely.
Miller, however, said he hasn't ruled out a future run. He said he'll consider launching another campaign in the 3rd Berkshire District in two years. In the meantime, Miller plans to stay active in local, state and federal politics. Miller said he's looking forward to working with Democratic congressional- hopeful Bill Shein's run against U.S. Rep. Richard Neal and Middle Berkshire Register of Deeds Andrea Nuciforo.
Miller said he plans to be more active as a member of the city's Green Commission, which is tasked with, among other things, increasing energy efficiency in the city and encouraging the utilization of renewable resources.
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