Letter: Women's Political Caucus Endorses Blackmer, Harpin

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To the Editor:

The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus Political Action Committee is a nonpartisan organization that recruits, trains and seeks to elect qualified women to public office. Over the 2019 election cycle, we have proudly announced our endorsements and rolled out support for numerous women running for office across the commonwealth including North Adams City Councilor Marie Harpin and Lisa Hall Blackmer, who are running for City Council in North Adams.

Councilor Marie Harpin, an incumbent, has been a passionate advocate for North Adams growth in the cultural economy along with farming and advanced manufacturing, leading to a diverse economy attracting workers to the area. She grew up in North Adams and is proud to be giving back to the community. Her dedication to the people of North Adams is a vital voice for all.

Lisa Hall Blackmer, a former city councilor, served on the North Adams City Council as president and vice president. She understands the challenges facing North Adams in planning and legislation. As an experienced lawmaker, we think she can work collaboratively to achieve success and bring meaningful growth to the community.

These women are demonstrably fierce advocates for social justice and passionate, collaborative leaders. With their voices in City Hall, they will ensure a bright and thriving North Adams for all.


Amy Diamond and Caitlyn Clarke
co-chairmen of the MWPC PAC







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Officials Optimistic Efforts May Be 'Flattening Curve' of COVID-19 Cases

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff

BOSTON — State officials are "cautiously optimistic" that efforts to test and social distance may be flattening the curve even as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise. 

"We're continually reviewing the modeling, but right now we see evidence that we're still on the upward slope of this pandemic," said Gov. Charlie Baker at Wednesday's daily briefing on the COVID-19 outbreak. "For example, the average new coronavirus test in Massachusetts has been rising steadily for three weeks, the percent of people testing positive continues to rise and reach the new high on Monday. ...
"At the same time we've not seen the same steep acceleration seen in either Wuhan (China), New York or other places."
The state has tested 87,511 people and confirmed 16,790 cases of COVID-19; at least 433 people have died from complications of the novel coronavirus.
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