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Malumphy Launches Campaign for Pittsfield Mayor

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
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Pam Malumphy responds to the cheers of her supporters on the steps of Pittsfield City Hall on Thursday. The former councilor is one of nine candidates challenging Mayor James M. Ruberto.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With a small but enthusiastic audience cheering her on, Patricia "Pam" Malumphy stood on the symbolic steps of City Hall to officially launch her campaign.

Malumphy will have to make it through a preliminary election in September against up to nine other candidates, including three-term Mayor James M. Ruberto.

"The real election to some extent is going to be in the primary," said Malumphy, who stressed crime, jobs, cost cutting and the controversial debate over the fate of the city's two high schools as "tipping issues" that thrust her into the election fray.

The former city councilor said she'd been mulling a run at mayor since the end of last year. A lot of lingering issues — the ongoing expansion of Pittsfield Municipal Airport, the bogged-down Pittsfield Economic Development Authority along with the school controversy — need to be prioritized, she said. "I feel we need some closure."

But it was crime, schools and economics that tipped the scales when weighing her decision.

"I think that we've seen in the city over the last several months a dramatic increase in crime. I don't think this is just a Police Department issue ... I think the Police Department in Pittsfield is fabulous and it's not just a [district attorney] issue," she told the gathering at high noon, her mother, Dorothy Carder at her side. "This is really a community issue ... We need a very loud, vocal, active advocate in City Hall as mayor leading the community to say this, 'we will not tolerate this, this kind of behavior in Pittsfield is unacceptable.'"

Malumphy also came down strongly on renovating both of the city's high schools rather than consolidating on a new single high school. The issue has been debated for several years, with no real consensus reached.

"We have two fabulous schools now," said the Taconic High School graduate. Building a new school would burden a city already nearing its Proposition 2 1/2 levy limit and its elderly population, she said.

Malumphy has been regional director for the Massachusetts Office of Business Development for three years. She points to her experience in working with businesses large and small as giving her an understanding of the needs of local business and of job creation. Increases in taxes within the city have "been a particular burden put on the businesses in Pittsfield."

She also has ideas on cutting the city's budget, such as returning currently outsourced legal and personnel services back under City Hall's roof.

Malumphy's background includes teaching, marketing, business development and fundraising, much of that with nonprofit organizations. She graduated from Taconic High School in 1976 and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1980; she also holds a master's degree in education.

She was swept into local government on the WHEN wave in 2003. The Women Helping Empower Neighborhoods political action committee was sparked by perceived uncivil behavior on the male-dominated City Council; the group proved to be a political powerhouse. After less than two years as an at-large councilor, Malumphy dared for higher office but ran third in the Democratic primary to replace former Rep. Peter Larkin (former City Solicitor Christopher N. Speranzo won the primary and the election). That November, she lost her at-large seat by 40 votes.

Malumphy's gearing up for the sprint to the preliminary. She was the seventh candidate to be officially placed on the ballot after submitting her signatures to the city clerk's office at 10 a.m. today. And she's embracing new media to get her message out.

"I'm also on Facebook which is a sentence I never thought I'd hear myself say," she said. "I have friends I never thought I'd have."
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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dc. 6-12

Enjoy sixteen different art shows featuring work by more than two dozen accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the on First Friday Artswalk and all month long! In most venues, artists will be present from 5-8 p.m. A free guided tour begins at 5 p.m. at the Intermodal Center @ BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave.

The Office of Cultural Development will host its 5th annual Wreath Art Auction at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts during the First Friday festivities. Almost 50 hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind wreaths, kissing balls and table pieces will be available for purchase and auction following the lighting of the tree in Park Square. Enjoy music and refreshments at a preview reception starting at 5 p.m., followed by a live auction at 6:30 p.m. Grab-and-go options will be available. All funds raised at this event go to the South Congregational Church Food Pantry. Admission at the door is $10, or purchase tickets in advance at the Lichtenstein Center or by emailing slemme@cityofpittsfield.org. 

These events coincide with Downtown Pittsfield's 2nd annual Festive Frolic
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  MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE

 
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SAT Visit with Santa at The Beacon Cinema
 
 
Visit with Santa at the Beacon Cinema as part of the Downtown Pittsfield Festive Frolic! This is a family event where children can have their photo taken with Santa by a professional photographer! In exchange, please donate a brand-new, unwrapped item to the Berkshire Community Action Council's Warm Clothing Program. See website for list of needed itemsIf you are unable to bring an item, a donation of $5 will be accepted by BCAC volunteers. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
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FRI WeeMuse Adventures at Berkshire Athenaeum FRI Screening of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer at Berkshire Museum FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at 18 Degrees SAT Festive Frolic Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum SAT WeeMuse Art Lab at Berkshire Museum SAT FREE Kids' Crafts at Peace Train Tees SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum | SAT Make Holiday Ornaments at Berkshire Paint & Sip SAT We Can Be Heroes at Berkshire Museum SAT-SUN Brunch with Santa at Hancock Shaker Village SAT-SUN Albany Berkshire Ballet's The Nutcracker at Barrington Stage SUN Discovery Tank Program at Berkshire Museum SUN Billy Budd in the Breadbox Audio Book Launch at Arrowhead | SUN Gingerbread House Decorating Party at Dottie's MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum MON Dungeons & Dragons at Berkshire Athenaeum TUE WeeMuse Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum TUE Graphic Novel Book Club at Berkshire Athenaeum WED WeeMuse Parent/Child STEM at Berkshire Museum THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Lego Club at Berkshire Athenaeum

  WELLNESS

SUN Restorative Yoga w/CBD Salve at BYDF
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FRI-THU Various Classes at Berkshire Running Center | FRI-THU Various Classes at Berkshire Family YMCA | FRI-THU Various Classes at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness FRI-THU Various Classes at Radiance Yoga | FRI-THU Various Classes at Berkshire Salsa FRI-THU Various Classes at Pilates Fit SUN Restorative Yoga w/Massage at Radiance Yoga | MON Common Yoga at Zion Lutheran Church | MON Let's Keep It Moving at Knesset Israel

  COMMUNITY

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