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.
The bell has been rung to start Round 2.
Paul Caccaviello announced on Wednesday that he intends to run a write-in campaign for district attorney. The announcement comes two weeks after he lost the Democratic primary. Caccaviello released a statement confirming his intention to continue to seek the office of district attorney, however, was not available for further comment moments after releasing the statement.
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.
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?
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.
The aspirants for Berkshire district attorney fielded some two dozen questions and were given only a minute each to respond. There was no debate between the candidates but Caccaviello, the incumbent, and challenger Harrington had a few sharp words.
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.
State Sen. Adam Hinds is putting his support behind Quentin Palfrey in the race for lieutenant governor.
The senator for Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin, and Hampden counties announced his endorsement of the former White House official on Wednesday. On Monday, Hinds is expected to join Palfrey to make the formal announcement.
Andrea Harrington says the "status quo" in the district attorney's office is not working for Berkshire County.
"It is time to have a district attorney with integrity and who is accountable to this community," Harrington said.
Tahirah Amatul-Wadud doesn't put too much stock in U.S. Rep. Richard Neal's seniority.
The talk around the sitting Congressman Neal is that if the House of Representatives turns in favor of the Democrats, then he'd be elected the chair the Ways and Means Committee. The Springfield Democrat Neal is currently the ranking member on that committee.