Markey said Massachusetts — and the Berkshires — have been revolutionary leaders for progressive actions ranging from abolitionists and suffragists to the origins of the Affordable Care Act and same-sex marriage.
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.