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Bouvier, Malumphy Return Papers For State House Bids
By: Staff Reports On: 08:58PM / Monday August 01, 2011

Tricia Farley-Bouvier joins Mark Miller, Peter White and Pam Malumphy in the upcoming race for state representative.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Tricia Farley-Bouvier announced her candidacy for state representative on Monday by turning in her nomination papers at City Hall and resigning from her city post.

Bouvier, recently named the city's director of administration, joins Mark Miller, Peter White and Pam Malumphy in the 3rd Berkshire District race. White also turned in his papers today.

Bouvier, a city native and former city councilor, said she will focus her campaign on "bridging the communication gap between Pittsfield and Beacon Hill, enhance workforce development, improve K-16 education and strong public safety."

She boasts years of being educator — in classroom and in administration — working with a wide variety of students. She then became the public affairs coordinator for current Mayor James Ruberto and promoted to director of administration.

"My breadth of experience has prepared me well to represent Pittsfield," Bouvier said in an press release Monday.  "I would like to be the voice of Pittsfield families on Beacon Hill.  I will advocating for and partnering with community agencies, public safety officials and municipal government that serve our families and seniors."

Malumphy, also a former city councilor, became the first candidate to turn in her nomination paperwork on Thursday — hand delivering the voters' signatures to the secretary of state's Springfield office.

"Getting on the ballot is always the first hurdle of a campaign and I was really proud to get people’s support in gathering signatures and having them certified by the city and then the state," Malumphy said in an email.

Malumphy's background includes teaching, marketing, business development and fundraising. Recently she was the regional director of the state Office of Business Development.

In 2009, Malumphy made a bid for mayor but didn't make it past the preliminary election. She will be running as an independent.

"I became unenrolled over two years ago.  Although I still vote heavily Democratic, I like having the option of looking at individual candidates, where they stand on issues, and their message," she said.

Both Bouvier and Malumphy came to prominence in 2003, winning at-large seats on the City Council as candidates endorsed by local political action group WHEN (Women Helping Empower Neighborhoods).

The election will be held on Oct. 18 and candidates must have returned nomination papers by Aug. 9. The special election is to fill the seat of Rep. Christopher Speranzo who was appointed to be the clerk-magistrate  at Central Berkshire District Court.



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Senate Candidate Visiting North Adams
By: Staff Reports On: 04:02PM / Sunday July 10, 2011

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — State Rep. Tom Conroy of Wayland, who recently announced a run for U.S. Senate next year, will be at Freight Yard Pub on Sunday from 6:30 to 7:30 to speak with area citizens.

Wayland, a three-term Democrat representative, has been "walking" across the state to meet with people and discuss their concerns. He is a former  risk management consultant.

He is the fourth Democrat so far to eye a match up with Republican Sen. Scott Brown, who won a special election to complete the term of the late Ted Kennedy. Also planning runs are Newton Mayor Setti Warren; Alan Khazei, who came in third in the Democratic primary for the seat in 2009; environmentalist Robert Massie; and Salem immigration attorney Marisa DeFranco.
 



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Ruberto Bows Out of Mayoral Run
By: Staff Reports On: 04:55PM / Wednesday January 19, 2011

Mayor James Ruberto celebrating the Beacon Cinema's first birthday last fall.

The field is wide open in Pittsfield with Mayor James Ruberto's announcement this morning that he will not run for a fifth term.

Ruberto had said earlier that he'd make a decision this month. Oddly enough, we were able to pick up WBRK this morning out in North Adams' West End to hear host Bill Sturgeon predict that Ruberto would make his decision known through "his favorite mouthpiece" The Berkshire Eagle.

Sure enough, a couple hours later The Eagle posted the news that the mayor was retiring on his laurels after eight years in office. It doesn't match John Barrett III's 26 years, but eight is considered pretty good for Pittsfield.

Ruberto, first elected in 2003, told The Eagle that he wanted time "to heal" from the death of his wife, Ellen, and that he felt that citizens could see government working for them.

During his tenure, Ruberto has touted the revitalization of North Street and put his political wieght behind such controversial projects as the $23 million Beacon Cinema. He's strongly supported the city's creative economy, hoping to rejuvenate the former mill city into a destination.

He established an Office of Cultural Development and hired Megan Whilden to lead it. Since then, the city has spearheaded and coordinated music and street festivals, attracted the buzz-making Barrington Stage Company and, in 2009, won a Commonwealth Award as a Creative Community. It also straightened out the vexing North/South street intersection and streamlined permitting to encourage investment.

It hasn't been all hearts and roses: Pittsfield's been struggling with drug crimes, the landmark Colonial Theatre could be foundering and PEDA's main tenant is a solar array.

Two years ago, Ruberto announced his run for a fourth term on "Good Morning Pittsfield." Some thought he'd step aside then because of his wife's illness. But Ellen, who died on July 22, 2009, encouraged Ruberto to run.

It would be Ruberto's toughest race since his loss to Sara Hathaway in his first try for the office in 2001.

Ten candidates for the city's top spot were winnowed down to Ruberto and Daniel E. Bianchi after a preliminary election. The Ruberto-Bianchi duel would be bitter and heated and end in a recount, with Ruberto squeaking out a 207-vote victory.

Bianchi has indicated he might be interested in another try at mayor; Ward Councilor 7 Joseph Nichols has already announced he is running.

 



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Election Results for 2010
By: Staff Reports On: 04:58PM / Saturday January 01, 2011
Election Results

 

1st District
Cariddi
Sheriff
Tom Bowler

 

 

2nd District
Mark

Case

Racz

 

 

3rd District
Miller
Speranzo

 

 

4th District
Pignatelli
Laugenour

 

 

1st Mass
Olver

Gunn

Engel

 

Campaign Sites

1st Berkshire District

Gailanne Cariddi  (D) North Adams

2nd Berkshire District

Michael Case (R) Washington

Paul Mark (D) Hancock

Stefan G. Racz (I) Buckland

3rd Berkshire District

Christopher Speranzo (D) Pittsfield

Mark C. Miller (Green/Rainbow) Pittsfield

4th Berkshire District
William "Smitty" Pignatelli (D)

Lee Scott Laugenour(Green/Rainbow)

Berkshire Sheriff

Tom  Bowler  (D)

1st Congressional District

Bill Gunn (R)

John Olver (D)

Michael Engel (I)

Attorney General

Martha Coakley (D)

Jim McKenna (R)

Governor

Charles Baker (R)

Tim Cahill (I)

Deval Patrick (D)

Jill Stein (Green/Rainbow)

Auditor

Suzanne Bump (D)

Mary Connaughton (R)

Nat Fortune (Green/Rainbow)



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Cariddi Campaign Plans State House Jaunt
By: Staff Reports On: 10:58PM / Monday November 29, 2010

Gailanne Cariddi, the new 1st Berkshire's newly elected representative, will be sworn in on Jan. 5 with other state officers.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Committee to Elect Gailanne Cariddi has plans for supporters of the 1st Berkshire District's first woman representative to see her sworn in.

Cariddi, elected in November to replace outgoing Rep. Daniel E. Bosley, will be sworn in at the State House on Wednesday, July 5, at 11 a.m. with other incoming legislators.

The committee has engaged King Ward Coach transportation to accommodate the many requests of people in the 1st District to attend the ceremony. The cost for the round trip to Boston is $30 per person. There will be ample time to visit the State House, surrounding historical areas of Boston and enjoy lunch.

The bus will leave North Adams at 7 a.m. from TD Bank on Main Street. There will also be one stop in Pittsfield at the Crowne Plaza, departing at approximately 7:45 a.m.

The State House ceremony includes the oath of office for the governor, lieutenant governor, senators, representatives and members of the Governor's Council.

Anyone interested in attending the celebration should contact Antoinette Cariddi at 413-652-2023 or Marie Harpin at 413-664-4362 by noon, Thursday, Dec. 9. Participants may make their check payable to the Committee to Elect Gailanne Cariddi and send them to 100 Galvin Road, North Adams, MA 01247. 

 



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