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Nuciforo Making District Tour to Announce for House

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Andrea F. Nuciforo Jr. will formally announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for U.S. House of Representatives in the newly-drawn 1st Massachusetts District during a tour of the district next week.

The tour takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 8, with the first press conference at 9:15 in Holyoke.

The Central Berkshire register of deeds and former Pittsfield state senator announced his intention to run for the House seat more than two years ago.

The new district encompasses most of far Western Massaschusetts, including the Berkshires, and the Springfield area. Current U.S. Rep. John W. Olver of Amherst will retire at the end of this term.
Nuciforo, along with friends, family, and supporters, will start the day in Pittsfield, and travel to Holyoke, Southbridge, Easthampton and Charlemont for formal press conferences. The tour will wind up with a campaign kick-off rally and party at the Winter Street Mazzeo's Ristorante in his hometown of Pittsfield.

The schedule:
  • 9:15 a.m.: Mill 1 Open Square, Open Square Way, Holyoke
  • 11:30 a.m.: Pilsudski Polish American Citizens Club, 18 Ballard Court, Southbridge
  • 2 p.m.: Sunrise Manor Community Room, 17 Paradise Drive, Easthampton
  • 4:15 p.m.: Warfield House Inn, 200 Warfield Road, Charlemont
  • 6:30 p.m.: Campaign Rally, Party and Press Conference, Mazzeo's Ristorante, 7 Winter St., Pittsfield
The public and press are invited to attend all events.

North Adams Democrats Host Candidate Shein

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Democratic City Committee will host Democratic congressional candidate Bill Shein on Friday, Feb. 3, at 6:30 at the Freight Yard Pub.

Northern Berkshire Democrats and independent voters are invited to attend. Shein will address the gathering, which will also feature greetings from guests and city committee members.
Shein, of Alford, is a syndicated humor/political columnist and political activist. He recently announced his candidacy for the newly redrawn and consolidated 1st Massachusetts District seat.

Also, Greg Maynard, Western Massachusetts coordinator for U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, will speak on her behalf.

North Adams ward chairs are Lisa Blackmer, Joanne DeRose, Diane Parsons, Greg Roach and Frances Buckley.
This will be an opportunity for North County voters to gather information and to become active in specific campaigns or in the local Democratic party.

Refreshments will be provided for a nominal charge.

Brown Making Campaign Swing Through Pittsfield

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U.S. Sen. Scott Brown shaking hands in Pittsfield last August at a chamber event.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is making a campaign swing through Western Massachusetts on Wednesday.

Brown will be in Pittsfield from 3:15 to 4 p.m. to visit with senior citizens at the Ralph J. Froio Senior Center on North Street. The senator was last in Pittsfield in August, when he addressed the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce.

The Wrentham Republican is closing his second year in office but will have to win in November against a Democratic candidate to get a full six-year term. The former state senator is currently completing the term of the late Ted Kennedy.

The senator will also stop at the Kenmore Diner in Worcester at 10:30 a.m. and at Milano Importers in Springfield at 1:15. The events are being promoted as part of Brown's campaign kickoff, which launched last week with a speech in Worcester.

The senator's campaign website is here.


Writer, Activist Shein Joins 1st Mass Race

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Bill Shein
ALFORD, Mass. — Political activist and humorist Bill Shein has joined the race for the 1st Massachusetts seat.

Shein posted the announcement on his Facebook page Monday, saying "It's time to get big money out of politics, fix our broken democracy, make clear that corporations aren't people and money isn't speech ... ."

A self-described progressive Democrat, he has been involved with the Occupy Wall Street movement in South County and has outspoken against the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United, which granted personhood to corporations regarding political spending.

In protest, Shein's campaign is Human People for Shein and he's not accepting donations of more than $99. No corporations; no PACs.

"We need Democrats in Congess who will tell the truth about the insidious role of money in politics and do something about it," he writes on his website, www.billshein.com, calling for public funding of elections.

Shein was raised in New York City and moved to the Berkshires a decade ago. His op-ed column, "Reason Gone Mad," has won three National Press Club Award for Humor and appears in The Berkshire Eagle. He's never run for office but did work on Paul Simon's presidential campaign in 1988 and for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee after graduating from Tufts University in 1990.

He wrote jokes for Al Franken on Comedy Central's "InDecision '92" and "ran for president" as faux candidate Will Markson in 2004. He also occasionally contributes to Red Crow News when he's not raising ducks.

On his site, Shein said he's running for the Democratic nomination on campaign reform, including banning contributions from lobbyists; a fair and progressive tax code; economic development that promotes local enterprises; a national health-care program; quality education; addressing climate change and promotoing a foreign policy based on diplomacy not violence..

Also running for the Democratic nomination is Middle Berkshire Register of Deeds Andrea F. Nuciforo Jr. and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, whose Springfield district is being consolidated next year into the 1st Mass.  No Republican has so far announced for the seat. U.S. Rep. John W. Olver, who currently represents the 1st District, is retiring.
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