When Andrea Harrington entered the district attorney's race, she knew she could do it. She fully expected to win the race.
She didn't think she was an underdog in the race, but she was.
"I didn't realize how improbable my winning was until I actually won," Harrington said on Thursday.
On the Democratic side, Jay Gonzalez outpolled Bob Massie by nearly double to move onto the general election. A former administrator under Gov. Deval Patrick, he'll face popular Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, who's pursuing a third term.
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.
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Whether those final affirmations by well-known names will swing any late-deciders toward — or away — from a candidate is yet to be seen. Still, the candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for Berkshire district attorney, and essentially the election, have been showcasing the support they racked up.
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.
Ms. Knight, during her 30-plus years as an attorney, has served as an assistant DA and a public defender/defense attorney demonstrating her knowledge of the Massachusetts court and legal system. Her proven enterprise management and certified mediation skills will also prove invaluable.
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?
This is not a job to be undertaken lightly. Before he even ran for secretary of state, Bill Galvin was an exceptionally qualified and capable elections attorney. Today he oversees our entire elections system and given the current very real threat of election hacking, I wouldn't have it any other way.
Paul Caccaviello, Andrea Harrington and Judith Knight are vying for the nomination that will essentially determine the winner in the race since there is no other candidate on the general election ballot.
Judith Knight says she has "shown you what I am."
On Wednesday night, the candidate for district attorney boasted of some 30 years of work in the community. She stood as a defense attorney up for teenagers for whom she believed were inappropriately getting the book thrown at them from former District Attorney David Capeless for selling marijuana.
Time is running out for anyone who wants to run for the newly constituted Mount Greylock Regional School District School Committee.
Nomination papers must be returned to the town clerks in Williamstown and Lanesborough by Tuesday, July 24, at 5 p.m.
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.
Back on May 11, the owner of Otto's took to Facebook in criticizing the way the district attorney got the job.
David Capeless in March stepped down from the position early after working for months with the governor's office to get Paul Caccaviello appointed to the job. Capeless made no bones about it saying, "I am taking this step now because I want Paul to run for election as the district attorney as I did 14 years ago."
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.