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North County Goes to Polls for State Representative Primary

Voters in much of North County head to the polls today to select the Democratic Party nominee for the 1st Berkshire District. Only one winner will emerge in the state representative race between John Barrett III, a former mayor; Stephanie Bosley, daughter of a prior holder of the seat; Lisa Blackmer, a city councilor; and Kevin Towle, a legislative aide.

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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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Letter: Barrett Best Person to Represent 1st Berkshire

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 Berkshire

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 Future

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 Berkshire

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 Representative

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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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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Letter: Tom Bernard Best Bet to Move North Adams Forward

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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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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Women's Political Caucus Endorses Blackmer for State Representative

Lisa Blackmer has earned the endorsement of the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus' Political Action Committee for state representative.

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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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Letter: Blackmer Has Experience 1st Berkshire Needs

I am writing to express my support for Lisa Blackmer and her priorities for our cities and towns. Why do I support Lisa? She has the experience working with these issues that the 1st Berkshire District needs in Boston.

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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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Towle Gains Endorsement of Former State Representative

Kevin Towle has been endorsed in his run for the state representative by former state Rep. Rosemary Sandlin.

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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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Election 2017: Candidate Forums & Debates

This is a listing of public forums and debates for candidates in the municipal elections in North Adams and Pittsfield and for the special election for state representative in the 1st Berkshire District.

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