In the latest surprising turn in the race for district attorney, the second-place finisher in the Democratic primary has now been endorsed by the Republican Party.
Paul A. Caccaviello is being supported in his write-in campaign against Andrea Harrington by the Berkshire County Republican Association
The lead between the candidates shifted as the votes in the two cities were recorded but narrowed as ballots from the smaller towns came streaming in. Harrington opened up a lead that couldn't be overcome.
The buzz after Tuesday's afternoon debate centers on a last-second comment from candidate Judith Knight.
"Andrea, you have so little experience that you don't even know what you don't know," Knight said in her closing remarks.
With less than two weeks to go, Mayor Linda Tyer is putting her support behind Andrea Harrington in the race for district attorney.
"My endorsement comes with the strong belief that Andrea and I share similar values and we are like-minded. We both believe in creating opportunities for social justice and for thinking differently about entrenched problems," Tyer said.
Andrea Harrington said some 95 percent of criminal cases end with plea deals crafted behind closed doors.
When one person gets probation after being caught with pounds of marijuana and guns, while another person is given a two-year mandatory minimum sentence for selling a joint worth of marijuana, it certainly gives people pause. They wonder, is the justice system fair?
District Attorney Candidates Paul Caccaviello and Andrea Harrington have taken aim at each other over the last few weeks.
Caccaviello first challenged Harrington's fitness for office, saying she doesn't have the "basic qualifications" needed.
If you want things to change, you need something different.
That's Andrea Harrington's view when it comes to reforming the criminal justice system. And now, she wants to be that change. She is seeking election as the next district attorney following the retirement of David Capeless.
For Paul Caccaviello, the district attorney's job is a call to service.
After 14 years as the first assistant district attorney, Caccaviello is looking to fill the shoes being left by David Capeless, who retired. With some 30 years as a prosecutor, Caccaviello said he has the most experience and qualifications to take over the office.
Judith Knight isn't a natural politician. She's an attorney.
She's a defense attorney who has spent years on the other side of a courtroom from a district attorney's office that operated in a way that she doesn't think is for the best. Back in 2006, her frustration boiled over when she watched the district attorney's office prosecute a teenager over minor drug charges and she launched a campaign to take over the office.
Tahirah Amatul-Wadud doesn't put too much stock in U.S. Rep. Richard Neal's seniority.
The talk around the sitting Congressman Neal is that if the House of Representatives turns in favor of the Democrats, then he'd be elected the chair the Ways and Means Committee. The Springfield Democrat Neal is currently the ranking member on that committee.
The three Democratic candidates all believe that Gov. Charlie Baker can be beat in the fall.
It is just a matter of which one of them will do it. Will it be Newton Mayor Setti Warren, former Secretary of Administration and Finance in under Gov. Deval Patrick's administration Jay Gonzalez, or author and activist Bob Massie.
The former Democratic candidate for state senator had hinted last week on "The John Krol Show" that she was interested, saying people had reached out to her about running and that she was "taking a really hard look at it."
Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Quentin Palfrey spoke at Greylock Together's regular meeting, held in the gallery room at the Eclipse Mill. Some three dozen people attended the meeting of the local political group and Palfrey spoke and took questions for over an hour.
State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier is backing Jay Gonzalez for governor.
On Wednesday, Farley-Bouvier endorsed the former secretary of administration and finance in under Gov. Deval Patrick's administration. Gonzalez is running in the Democrat primary against Bob Massie and Setti Warren.
Tahirah Amatul-Wadud wants to unify the First Congressional District.
The Springfield Democrat announced on Wednesday that she will be challenging incumbent Richard Neal for the seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.