Campaign Notes & Articles 2009

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 Election News

Alcombright's Victory Speech

Updated Debate Schedule

Final Numbers: Alcombright Wins, 3,046 to 2,166.

Final Numbers: Ruberto wins, 6,658 to 6,449.
North Adams          
Sept. 30 Debate story & audio
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Oct. 14  Debate story & audio
Video only

City Council
Oct. 21 Debate story & Audio
Oct. 22 'Pub' Debate story & audio

Oct. 26 Debate

Audio of Oct. 30 Debate

City Council
Oct. 20 Debate story & Audio

News Stories
North Adams

Fox News on Election reaction

Alcombright Topples Barrett, State's Dean of Mayors

North Adams Has a New Mayor!

North Adams City Council Candidates for 2009

North Adams City Council Candidates in Their Own Words

Economic Development Dominates
North Adams Council Debate

Live Blog the North Adams City Council Debate

North Adams Mayoral Candidates Meet Again

Video of Oct. 14 North Adams Mayoral Debate

Barrett, Alcombright Spar in First Debate

North Adams Democrats Slate Local Candidate Rally

Barrett Kicks Off Campaign Touting Experience, Accomplishments

Barrett Planning Run for Record 14th Term

Alcombright Campaigns on Economic Development, Community Involvement

15 Vying for City Council in North Adams

Alcombright Plans Run for Mayor of North Adams

Fox News 9 has Ruberto's victory speech

Ruberto Re-elected in Pittsfield

Final Ruberto, Bianchi Debate Moved to Friday

Bianchi Bows Out of Chamber of Commerce Debate

Ruberto, Bianchi Continue Jabs Over PEDA, Crime
Bianchi Challenges Ruberto to Debate on Economic Development

Ruberto, Bianchi Spar in 'Pub' Debate

Pittsfield Council Candidates Meet in Debates

Bianchi, Ruberto Will Face Off in November

Pittsfield Candidates Make Final Pitch Before Preliminary

Ward 7 Candidates Split on Rooms Tax

Pittsfield Candidates Make Pitch to Voters

Forum Slated for Pittsfield Mayoral Candidates

Ward 4 Candidates Suggest Savings, Crime Watch

Ward 2 Candidates Talk Trash, PEDA

Ruberto Seeks Re-Election to Keep Pittsfield on Track

Pittsfield Mayoral Candidates Spar on Finances, Accountability

Pittsfield Preliminary Ballot Set; Caccomo Takes No. 1 Spot

Malumphy Launches Campaign for Mayor

The Candidates  (listed according to ballot)
North Adams
Barrett Runs on Experience                   
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Ending
weeks of speculation, Mayor John Barrett III took out nomination
papers on Tuesday afternoon to run for re-election. More ...

Barrett Web site
  Alcombright Runs
on Economy

— Richard Alcombright kicked off his campaign for mayor this morning with a call for the community to come together to chart the city's future. More ...

Alcombright Web site
Barrett Reflects on Accomplishments with Capital News 9

Kerry Endorses Barrett for Mayor
  BerkshireFinearts endorses Alcombright

Coakley Endorses Alcombright

Alcombright Addresses Concerns About His Qualifications

Alcombright Discusses Taxes

Alcombright Attacks 'Whisper Campaign'

Alcombright Announces His Plan for Debates

Alcombright Reaffirms Goals

Alcombright Outlines Three Cs Strategy

Alcombright Releases Initial Economic Development Ideas

City Council
Lisa Blackmer Michael Bloom

City Council Candidate Michael Bloom
Ronald Boucher

Boucher Backs Housing Commission
Gailanne Cariddi Marie Harpin
Alan Marden

Marden Running for 12th Council Term
Robert R. Moulton Jr. Michael S. Boland

Boland Kicks Off Council Campaign Aug. 28
David A. Bond

Bond Wants to Connect City to World

Bond Wants to Serve City
Keith J. Bona
Eric R. Buddington

Buddington Pledges Openness, Practicality
Brian L. Flagg
Flagg Outlines ABCs for North Adams

Flagg Campaign Plans City Walkthrough
David A. Lamarre
Lamarre Details Stance as Councilor

Lamarre Introduces Himself to Voters
Gregory B. Roach

Roach Sees Future Potential in City's Past

Roach Announces Bid for City Council
Dennis J. Whitney

Whitney Announces Campaign Treasurer

The Candidates
Ruberto Runs for 4th Term
Mayor James Ruberto
made it official this
morning when he
formally announced
that he would run
for a fourth term in office.
More ...
  Bianchi Runs for Mayor
Election 2009: Bianchi Challenges Ruberto to Debates

Ruberto Receives Strong Endorsements

Ruberto Challenges Opponent on Small-Business Aid

Ruberto issues Challenge for Education Debate

Ruberto Seeks Re-Election to Keep Pittsfield on Track

Ruberto Slates Open House Sept. 17

  Bianchi Would Convene Education Forum

Bianchi Challenges Ruberto to Debate on Economic Development

Building Council Backs Bianchi

Bianchi hosts Coffee Meet & Greet at Capitol Square

Bianchi Hosts Pasta Dinner at Italian American Club

Bianchi hosts Coffee & Conversation at Rose Manor

Bianchi Plans Meet & Greet at Providence Court

Bianchi Hosts Fundraiser at Polish Falcon Club

Bianchi Hosts Small Business Forum
Here's the 2007 election news.

Preliminary Election News
General Election: Nov. 3
Mayor's Race
Ballot order: Nicholas J. Caccamo, Patricia "Pam" Malumphy, incumbent James M. Ruberto, Mark A. Marciano, Rick E. Moon, Daniel L. Bianchi, Paul Kwasniowski, Stephen A. Fillio, Lisa M. Boyd and Jeffrey W. Ferrin.

Nicholas J. Caccamo

Election 2009: Caccamo Sees Solutions in Buying Local

Election 2009: Caccamo Goal Is Sustainable Community

Election 2009: Caccamo Plans Savings With Energy Efficiency

Pam Malumphy

Election 2009: Malumphy Passing Out Baseball IOUs

Election 2009: Malumphy Sets Central Block Party

Election 2009: Malumphy Offers Apples for Teachers

Election 2009: Malumphy Taking Unpaid Leave for Campaign

Malumphy Launches Campaign for Pittsfield Mayor

Election 2009: Malumphy Campaign Invites Candidates to 'Cert Celebration'

Election 2009: Malumphy Formally Announces for Pittsfield Mayor

Election 2009: Malumphy Takes out papers

Mark Marciano
Election 2009: Marciano Wants to Clean Up City Hall

City Council Campaigns
Election 2009: Dinner for Peter White
Election 2009: Krol Sets Campaign Kick Off

Special Senate Election

Follow all the Senate events & related news at Blue Mass.
Gov. Deval Patrick has set the special election to fill the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's seat for Jan. 19.
Coakley has taken out papers and announced her plans to run for the Senate.

Martha doesn't fool around: here's the Web site (She's also leading in our smackdown poll.) At least one contender is out after Joe Kennedy said on Labor Day he wouldn't run. Coakley is currently the only declared Democratic candidate; if that changes (and it's likely), a primary will be held Dec. 8. U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano of Somerville will announce his intention to run on Friday. Capauno represents much of the Boston area in the 8th District.

Coakley has been endorsed by Emily's List, the influential fund-raising foundation for women candidates.

Results of our Berkshires Smackdown! poll,
ending Sept. 14.

Looking Ahead in the House
 BTW Category
Nuciforo Gearing for Run
The Associated Press is reporting that Berkshire Middle Registrar of Deeds Andrea F. Nuciforo Jr. has filed as a candidate for the 1st Massachusetts District seat now held by John W. Olver. But he won't run until 2012.

2010 challenger for Olver
SOUTHAMPTON, Mass. - Michael Engel, resident of Southampton and a former Easthampton elected official, is running as an independent candidate for election to the U.S. House of Representatives from the Massachusetts 1st District in 2010 against incumbent John W. Olver, an Amherst Democrat.

Engel, professor emeritus of political science at Westfield State College and current business owner, said he believes the federal government is wasting time and money trying to fix the old, failed economic and financial system, and that working people have gained little or nothing from those efforts. It is time, he claims, for citizens to start building a new system.

His role as a member of the House would therefore be to represent, work with, and provide resources for those who are organizing for meaningful social, economic, and political changes in America.

Engel's campaign will be an innovative, Web-based, personal grass-roots effort posing a direct challenge to the conventional million-dollar-plus campaigns conducted by congressional incumbents.

Submitted by the Campaign to Elect Michael Engel

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Berkshire County Arc Golf Event Raises $45K

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc raised $45,000 at its 29th annual Golf Classic held this summer at Berkshire Hills Country Club. 
The funds raised from the event go directly to individuals with disabilities for activities such as art classes, medical equipment, wheelchair swings, concerts, assistive technology, and dream trips to places like Disney, Celtics games, and deep-sea fishing.
The money also goes to scholarships to area high school students planning to pursue human service careers.
The lead supporters of the event this year were Berkshire Bank, Health New England, Greylock Federal Credit Union, The Notch Insurance Group, Synagex Modern IT, and Advance Manufacturing.
BCArc serves around 1,000 individuals with disabilities through a range of programs that include residential services, employment support, day programs, and support for families at their homes.
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