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Letter: Blackmer Will Be Dedicated, Passionate...

She has worked hard and effectively on the City Council and in Boston advocating for our region. She has balanced work and family, always in the service of others. I have no doubt that as a state representative she will work just as hard, listen just as carefully, and love just as fully as she has... click for more

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Letter: Barrett Will Help Cheshire as State...

We need leadership that will make sure that funding is made available to re-open our local school, not only for children but to help Cheshire grow. click for more

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Letter: Blackmer Best to Carry on My Sister’s...

I am supporting Lisa because she has the experience, relationships, and vision to carry on Gail's legacy in Boston. She will be an amazing state representative and she has my vote on Oct. 10, I hope she has yours. click for more

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Letter: Blackmer Best Choice to Succeed Cariddi

Lisa Blackmer is the perfect candidate to follow the irreplaceable Gailanne Carriddi. click for more

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Letter: Berkshires Has Already Benefited From...

Meeting the energized Lisa Blackmer, seeing her interact with folks, and watching their responses back re-enforced our choice that NoCo was the place to be. There ARE politicians and representatives that care, that get involved, that are an integral part of a community. click for more

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Letter: Blackmer Has Always Advocated for...

Her energy, knowledge, and enthusiasm for our communities are unmatched. Not only has she served the city well for the past 10 years, both here and in Boston, but she has been a staunch supporter of every cause she comes across. click for more

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Letter: Blackmer Stands Above the Rest

One of Lisa's most impressive qualities is her ability to listen to others and research every issue the community deals with. She takes in all of the sides presented – sometimes more than just two – and she has been known to change her mind because of the insight others gave to an issue. She does... click for more

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Letter: Bosley Is a Community Builder

Being that Stephanie is my wife, most would assume that this is a foregone conclusion. However, the reasons that she is my wife should matter to each and every voter when they choose to vote on Oct. 10. I knew I would marry Stephanie from our first date and I assure you that is not a line, ask... click for more

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Letter: Blackmer Is the Public Servant We Need

Over the past decade, there is nobody who has delved further into the policies and practices of local governments than Lisa Blackmer. As a city councilor, town administrator and town treasurer, her dedication did not go unnoticed by others around the state, including the Massachusetts Municipal Association, where she eventually presided over the board.

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Letter: Blackmer Outworks Other Candidates

Being a state legislator, contrary to popular opinion, is a very demanding position. It takes great stamina and an ability to juggle 100 things at once, all the while maintaining a sincere ear to listen to your constituents, colleagues, experts, and especially those who need your help.

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Letter: Bernard Right Choice for Mayor

One of the most quietly influential people in both these realms during this time has been Tom Bernard, who is now running to become mayor of North Adams. I heartily endorse Tom's candidacy because he is the right choice for North Adams.

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Letter: Towle Deserves Our Vote

I am sure there are many stories like mine about his assistance to constituents; his gentle and caring manner; his open and welcoming demeanor, and his very apparent integrity while serving the First District residents.

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Letter: Bosley Understands Community Issues

Stephanie Bosley, a native of North Adams, has my vote. She is an intelligent, articulate woman with knowledge of the issues which our community faces. More important, Stephanie has a plan to address these challenges.

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Letter: Stephanie Bosley Has Best Attributes in a...

I am so pleased that my first vote will go to a candidate that I can wholeheartedly support. Stephanie Bosley exhibits all the attribute I want in a candidate. She is intelligent, thoughtful, creative, energetic, a good listener.

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Letter: Blackmer Right Choice for 1st Berkshire

Lisa has proven her willingness to go to Boston for us, because she has done it for the last six years. I know she has the energy to be in every community because she tirelessly attends events and forums across the district.

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Letter: Bosley Endorses Daughter for State...

Yes, it is natural to endorse your own daughter for this position, but I would vote for her if her name was Stephanie Smith. I truly believe that she is the best person for this job. There are many reasons for this.

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Blackmer Releases Economic Development Plan

Economic development is not just broadband, transportation, and workforce development, but a combination of everything I've talked about throughout the campaign. It will require the cooperation of everyone, from our non profit institution, to our manufacturing, from our educators to our health care providers, to build on the growth we are already seeing.

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Towle Touts Legislative Experience

I've built these relationships, and I will be able to leverage them to ensure effective representation for the 1st Berkshire District. I'm also honored to be able to call Rep. Cariddi a mentor and a friend.

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Barrett, Blackmer Lead in Fundraising for House...

The four Democrats running the Oct. 10 primary to fill the vacant 1st Berkshire District seat in the House of Representatives have raised a combined $38,250, according to reports filed with the commonwealth's Office of Campaign and Political Finance.

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Gonzalez Looks to Bring Aggressive Agenda to...

Jay Gonzalez sees a lack of leadership coming from the governor's office. The Needham Democrat says when it comes to transportation, health care, and early childhood education, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is happy with "the status quo."

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Letter: Barrett Best Person to Represent 1st...

Now we are choosing the person we trust to succeed Gail in the state Legislature. We believe that John Barrett III is the person to best represent our district in the near term. As it was with us, much of their public life was aligned. Another tireless worker for North Berkshire, John held Gail in utmost respect and in high regard. It was mutual. In city government, they worked well together on behalf of the city and region.

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Letter: Barrett Has Energy, Ideas for 1st...

The 1st Berkshire District is ready to lead the state with creative solutions to municipal challenges and rigorous business development. John Barrett III has the ideas, energy, connections, and most importantly, the experience to move our portion of the commonwealth in this direction.

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Letter: Blackmer Has Vision For Our Children's...

I am writing to express my support for Lisa Blackmer for state representative. In particular, Lisa's vision for our children's future is one that takes into account decades of being a mother, working in municipal government, and serving on the school council, which she did with my father in the mid-nineties.

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Letter: Bosley Strongest Candidate for 1st...

I believe Stephanie is the strongest candidate reaching the most people in a limited time. We have elected young candidates that never held an elected seat before such as Senators Swift, Downing and Hinds to name a few, and they serve(d) us well. In the past couple of years, we have elected fresh, new, progressive candidates to represent our end of the state, and adding Stephanie Bosley to that team would be a great asset.

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Letter: Towle Most Qualified for State...

He is the only person in the field that is "Ready to serve on Day 1." He knows the people in the Legislature, he knows the aides, he knows his way around as he's been there working right along. Kevin Towle will put all communities and all opinions and all constituents first.

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Letter: Tom Bernard Best Bet to Move North Adams...

I am writing to voice my strong and enthusiastic support of Tom Bernard for mayor of North Adams. Truth be told, I had been hoping this would happen for years.

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Pittsfield Draws For General Election Ballot...

The ballot positions are set. On Tuesday afternoon City Clerk Jody Phillips and Assistant Clerk Michelle Cetti drew the names randomly from a tumbler. There are six candidates vying for four at-large seats, two candidates in each of six of seven wards, and six running for six seats on the School Committee.

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Letter: Stephanie Bosley Will Provide Fresh Ideas...

I believe she will be a tremendous advocate for our region, particularly on environmental and agricultural issues.

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