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Barrett Enters His First State Budget Debate, Sets Eyes on RTAs

State Rep. John Barrett is making a statement with a budget amendment for regional transit. Barrett said one penny on the sale tax ends up in the hands of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority and the rest of the regional transit authorities are getting shortchanged. This year the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority is considering hiking fares and reducing services as costs have increased but state support has remained level for the third consecutive year.

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Letter: Vote for Chris Canning

It is time for Berkshire County and the commonwealth of Massachusetts to move forward and think about the citizens and not the insiders. Christine Canning will help drain the Swamp on Beacon Hill, not join it.

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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: Blackmer Will Be Dedicated, Passionate Public Servant

She has worked hard and effectively on the City Council and in Boston advocating for our region. She has balanced work and family, always in the service of others. I have no doubt that as a state representative she will work just as hard, listen just as carefully, and love just as fully as she has as a mother, grandmother, wife, and public servant.

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Letter: Barrett Will Help Cheshire as State Representative

We need leadership that will make sure that funding is made available to re-open our local school, not only for children but to help Cheshire grow.

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Letter: Blackmer Best to Carry on My Sister’s Legacy

I am supporting Lisa because she has the experience, relationships, and vision to carry on Gail's legacy in Boston. She will be an amazing state representative and she has my vote on Oct. 10, I hope she has yours.

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Letter: Blackmer Best Choice to Succeed Cariddi

Lisa Blackmer is the perfect candidate to follow the irreplaceable Gailanne Carriddi.

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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: Berkshires Has Already Benefited From Blackmer's Work

Meeting the energized Lisa Blackmer, seeing her interact with folks, and watching their responses back re-enforced our choice that NoCo was the place to be. There ARE politicians and representatives that care, that get involved, that are an integral part of a community.

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Letter: Blackmer Has Always Advocated for Community

Her energy, knowledge, and enthusiasm for our communities are unmatched. Not only has she served the city well for the past 10 years, both here and in Boston, but she has been a staunch supporter of every cause she comes across.

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Letter: Blackmer Stands Above the Rest

One of Lisa's most impressive qualities is her ability to listen to others and research every issue the community deals with. She takes in all of the sides presented – sometimes more than just two – and she has been known to change her mind because of the insight others gave to an issue. She does not seek the limelight, but seeks to make the right decisions.

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Letter: Bosley Is a Community Builder

Being that Stephanie is my wife, most would assume that this is a foregone conclusion. However, the reasons that she is my wife should matter to each and every voter when they choose to vote on Oct. 10. I knew I would marry Stephanie from our first date and I assure you that is not a line, ask anyone who knows me and you'll find this has been the story since the moment Stephanie left after the date was over.

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Letter: Barrett Has the Knowledge, Experience to Serve 1st Berkshire

I am pleased to write this letter in support of John Barrett III for state representative. As a longtime professional in workforce development, I can attest to John's personal knowledge and experience on this issue in Berkshire County.

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Letter: Vote for Passion & Experience, Vote Kevin Towle

Kevin has worked for two state representatives in his professional career and worked on many campaigns for others as well. He is professional, caring and has a willingness to learn that makes him the best candidate.

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Letter: Blackmer Is the Public Servant We Need

Over the past decade, there is nobody who has delved further into the policies and practices of local governments than Lisa Blackmer. As a city councilor, town administrator and town treasurer, her dedication did not go unnoticed by others around the state, including the Massachusetts Municipal Association, where she eventually presided over the board.

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Letter: Blackmer Outworks Other Candidates

Being a state legislator, contrary to popular opinion, is a very demanding position. It takes great stamina and an ability to juggle 100 things at once, all the while maintaining a sincere ear to listen to your constituents, colleagues, experts, and especially those who need your help.

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Letter: Towle Deserves Our Vote

I am sure there are many stories like mine about his assistance to constituents; his gentle and caring manner; his open and welcoming demeanor, and his very apparent integrity while serving the First District residents.

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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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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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