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Political Notebook, July 13, 2018


Thursday, July 12, 2018
Continuing the Political Revolution announces endorsements

Using ranked-choice voting, members of Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution have issued their endorsements in the Democratic primary races, including those for 1st Franklin House District and the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester Senate District.

Candidate Jo Comerford, one of five Democrats seeking the seat formerly held by state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst, won the backing of FCCPR, which was founded after the 2016 election by activists who had worked on Bernie Sanders’ Campaign to promote progressive political values.

Since the 60 percent threshold for FCCPR a single endorsement was not reached in the seven-candidate 1st Franklin race, Kate Albright-Hanna and Francia Wisnewski, as the top two candidates, won the endorsement.

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud has also been endorsed by FCCPR for her 1st Congressional District bid.

Blais picks up endorsement

Natalie Blais, a candidate for the 1st Franklin District House seat in the Sept. 4 primary, has won the endorsement of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, which pointed to the Sunderland Democrat’s experience, commitment to public service and longtime residency in western Massachusetts.

“I am truly grateful for the endorsement of the MWPC and for their belief in my candidacy,” said Blais, who pointed out that only a quarter of the Legislature is female, even though women represent just over half of Massachusetts’ residents.

“I look forward to working alongside the MWPC to bring the voices and experiences of women to the halls of the Massachusetts State House. And I will work to ensure that those perspectives are reflected in legislation and public policy that improve the lives of the people of the 1st Franklin District and the entire commonwealth,” said Blais.

Blais, one of seven Democrats hoping to replace retiring Rep. Stephen Kulik, has also been endorsed by retired U.S. Rep. John Olver, retired state Rep. Ellen Story, Franklin County Sheriff Chris Donelan, Register of Probate John Merrigan, Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan and Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz.

Former state legislator backs Kline for Senate seat

Former state Rep. Denise Andrews of Orange has endorsed Democrat Chelsea Kline’s bid for the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester Senate seat in the Sept. 4 primary.

“Chelsea Kline is the best candidate to represent us in the state Senate and the only candidate with the leadership and life experience to deliver positive change for our families and communities,” said Andrews. “Chelsea’s commitment, compassion and experience make her a powerful advocate for our district. She will be leader in supporting our schools, protecting our environment, combating addiction and the opioid crisis, and ensuring our government is respectful and responsive to all residents.”

Kline, one of five candidates running for the seat of former Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, has received the backing of Greenfield Town Councilor Otis Wheeler, the American Federation of Teachers-Massachusetts, Mass Alliance, and Progressive Massachusetts.

Blais wants to connect with voters over ice cream

Natalie Blais, one of seven candidates for the 1st Franklin District House seat in the Sept. 4 primary, will “get the scoop” with voters on Saturday in Sunderland, Turners Falls, Whately and Williamsburg to talk about the future of the district — and sample ice cream.

“I love ice cream, and I am counting on having this in common with many people who live in the 1st Franklin’s 19 towns,” said Blais. “I also believe we share a common interest in our communities, our schools, our healthcare system, our environment, our farms and our economy. What better way to talk about these important issues than with a bowl or cone of our favorite ice cream?”

Blais plans to be at Williamsburg General Store from 11 to 11:45 a.m.; 5J Creamee & Pasiecnik Farmstand in Whately from 1 to 1:45 p.m; Sugarloaf Frostie in Sunderland from 3 to 3:45 p.m. and The Country Creemee in Turners Falls from 5 to 6 p.m.