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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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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 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 Candidate

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 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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Barrett, Blackmer Lead in Fundraising for House Special Election

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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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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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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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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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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Republican Canning-Wilson Alleges Election Fraud

The Lanesborough candidate for the state Senate seat released a statement Friday morning, the day after the primary, saying she is filing a complaint with the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance saying there were violations depriving her of votes. (Such complaints should be filed with the secretary of state's office.)

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Hinds Wins Democratic State Senate Primary

Adam Hinds says over the last seven months if his "head was off the pillow" he was working on his campaign for state senate. And it paid off. Hinds won the Democratic nomination on Thursday in a close race. He claimed victory at Hotel on North and will now face Republican Christine Canning-Wilson in the general election. While he may have won the first step, Hinds says he is going to be getting right back to work toward filling the seat being vacated by Sen. Benjamin Downing, who opted not to

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Farley-Bouvier Wins Democratic Nomination for Pittsfield's 3rd District

Tricia Farley-Bouvier will move on to the general election to attempt to keep her seat in the state House of Representatives. The two-term incumbent won her Democratic primary on Thursday by 382 votes against challenger Michael Bloomberg.

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Senate Candidate Del Gallo States Positions on the Issues

The following candidate statement was submitted by Rinaldo Del Gallo, Democratic nominee for the Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden Senate seat.

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Senate Candidates Debate at UCP in North Adams

In the seventh of eight debates in six days, the candidates for the Democratic nomination for the state senate seat continued to show their differences. United Cerebral Palsy held the forum Friday night with Executive Director Salvatore Garozzo moderating. The primary election is on Thursday and the winner will take on Republic Christine Canning-Wilson in the general election in November.

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Pro-Charter School PAC Spent Close To $4K on Bloomberg Campaign

A national pro-charter school organization has dumped nearly $4,000 into support of House of Representatives candidate Michael Bloomberg's campaign. According to finance reports, Democrats for Education Reform spent $3,510.20 on direct mailers supporting the candidate and another $320 for the design. The design was done through Bartlett Interactive from Concord and the mailing was done by Novus Group out of Boston. DFER is based out of Washington, D.C. and New York City and has spent a massiv

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Campaign Finance Takes Center Stage In GMP Senate Debate

The morning after pre-primary reports were due to the state's Office of Campaign and Political Finance, the three vying for the Democratic nomination for the state Senate sparred on 'Good Morning, Pittsfield.' Leading off the debate, host John Krol posed pointed questions about the candidates' donors.

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