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Q&A: House Candidates Field Questions Ahead of Special Election Primary

On Tuesday, the voters in the Democratic primary for the 1st Berkshire seat in the House of Representatives will choose from among four candidates who share many of the same policy positions but offer very different backgrounds.

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Letter: Bosley Endorses Daughter for State Representative

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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Gonzalez Looks to Bring Aggressive Agenda to Governor's Race

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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Nurses Association Endorses Towle in 1st Berkshire Primary

The Massachusetts Nurses Association has announced its endorsement on Kevin Towle in the Democratic Primary for state representative for the 1st Berkshire District.

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Democratic House Candidates Sound Similar Themes at Williamstown Forum

For the second time in three days, the four Democratic candidates for the 1st Berkshire District seat in the House of Representatives sat on the same stage to discuss the issues.

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Bosley Issues Statement on Local Economy

Below is a statement issued by the campaign of Stephanie Bosley, candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 1st Berkshire District: Bosley issued the press release pointing to the Sept. 15 article in the Boston Globe on the Berkshire County economy.

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Democratic Candidates for State House Discuss Issues in Lanesborough

The four candidates on the ballot in the Oct. 10 Democratic primary discussed their platforms and qualifications to represent the 1st Berkshire District on Beacon Hill in a 90-minute forum hosted by the town's Democratic Committee and moderated by state Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru.

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Blackmer Calls for Single-Payer Health Insurance System

As a treasurer, town administrator and human resources manager, I have worked in both the public and private sectors to negotiate and administer health insurance plans for employees. I understand the challenges involved in providing a plan that has appropriate coverage and is affordable for both the employer and employee. Today, health care costs are the 300-pound gorilla in the room.

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Big Crowd Cheers Barrett at State Representative Campaign Kickoff

A standing-room-only crowd Wednesday packed the American Legion hall to help John Barrett III kick off his run for the state legislature. The former mayor is one of four Democrats running for the nomination to fill the unexpired term of deceased 1st Berkshire District state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, who died earlier this summer.

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Blackmer Calls for School Funding Changes, Higher Ed Investment

This week finds me a little nostalgic. I remember the building excitement of my children in the weeks leading up to the start of school — the new school supplies, new clothes and sneakers, how could they have grown out of them already — the anticipation of a new teacher and as my children got older, new subjects …

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Bosley Kicks Off Campaign With Promise of Fresh Perspective

Candidate for state representative Stephanie Bosley kicked off her campaign with promises of a fresh perspective and positive change.

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1st Berkshire Candidate Towle Qualifies for Democratic Primary

Kevin Towle, Democratic candidate for 1st Berkshire representative, said his campaign submitted more than the 150 required signatures to Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin's office on Tuesday.

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Q&A: Towle Talks About Building on Legacy in Williamstown Forum

Kevin Towle wants to continue the legacy of deceased state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, a legacy that he helped her build as her legislative aide over the past year.

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Q&A: Bosley Makes Her Case at Williamstown Candidates Forum

Stephanie Bosley’s name is well known to observers of the political scene in Northern Berkshire County, and now she is trying to make a name for herself with a run to occupy the 1st Berkshire District seat in the House of Representatives once occupied by her father.

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Massie Seeks to Bring Long-term Solutions in Bid for Governor

Sustainability is a word Robert Massie said he hasn't heard the current governor say. And that is becoming a focal point for the Somerville author and activist, as he launches a campaign for the 2018 gubernatorial election. Massie, a Democrat, says he's running to bring a heightened focus to long-term and progressive solutions to current issues.

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Q&A: Blackmer Takes Her Turn at Williamstown Candidates Forum

Lisa Blackmer hopes to bring strong values and an open mind to the 1st Berkshire seat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

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Gubernatorial Candidate Warren Touts Experience, Ideas

Setti Warren wants to bring his brand of management — budgets based on outcomes and consensus building — to Beacon Hill to fix the state's economic woes. The Newton mayor is one of three running for the Democratic nomination for governor.

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Q&A: Barrett Takes Questions at Williamstown Candidates' Forum

John Barrett III, former mayor of North Adams, put his experience front and center in a recent forum sponsored by the Williamstown Democratic Party Committee.

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Blackmer Kicks Off Campaign for Legislature

It was not quite Christmas in July, but it was a tale of Yuletide sacrifice and hope that Lisa Blackmer used to kick off her campaign in the special election to fill the vacant 1st Berkshire District seat in the House of Representatives.

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Blackmer Sets Campaign Kickoff for 1st Berkshire Election

Lisa Blackmer kicks off her official campaign for Democratic nominee for state representative on Thursday evening at the Bounti-Fare Restaurant on Route 8.

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1st Berkshire Candidate Towle Releases Legislative Agenda

Candidate for state representative Kevin Towle on Tuesday released a legislative agenda outlining his goals for economic development in the 1st Berkshire District.

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Former North Adams Mayor Barrett Announces Candidacy for House Seat

John Barrett III has been working for the people of Northern Berkshire County in a variety of jobs for more than three decades. Now, he hopes to do one more job and help bring more jobs to the county in the process.

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Cariddi's Top Legislative Aide Seeks to Fill Out Rep's Term

Kevin Towle knew that the Monday right after Gailanne Cariddi had died, she'd want her staff reporting to work. And they did. The top legislative aide for the late Cariddi pulled the staff together, hung a white board and listed every piece of legislation, local projects, and budget priorities on it and the group began planning for the next steps. For days, Towle reported to work and looked at that white board with fear that everything the staff has worked on for the last year would all be fo