For House candidates, Labor Day is for last-minute campaigning

Staff Writer
Published: 9/3/2018 11:00:13 PM

While many people enjoyed the warm weather and activities associated with Labor Day, the seven 1st Franklin District candidates were preparing for primary day on Tuesday. Although their activities varied, each said they’re hoping to draw as many registered voters to polls as possible.

Many of the candidates spent their days trying to knock on doors and greet voters.

Kate Albright-Hanna said she spent the day distributing signs as well as knocking on doors in her home base of Huntington.

“Some people thought our signs said ‘Vote Kale’ instead of ‘Vote Kate,’” Albright-Hanna said. “And while kale is a fine vegetable I support, we thought it would be best to print up some big signs with my whole name on it in big block letters. So we’re busy distributing those.”

In Cummington, Christine Doktor said she was answering phone calls to help answer voters’ questions.

“I was answering last-minute questions regarding policy and my background and answering the backlog of calls before people go out to vote,” Doktor said.

She said she not only wanted to remind voters about the primary election on Tuesday, but also the election on Nov. 6.

Other candidates, like Jonathan Edwards of Whately, were making their way around the region to spend time with voters.

“I just came from the village of Shelburne Falls and I’m going to be spending time with voters at a chicken barbeque in Whately before I go out to Ashfield Lake this afternoon to talk to the great people there,” Edwards said.

Like Edwards, Natalie Blais, of Sunderland, attended the chicken barbeque in Whately.

“We’re doing it all — phone calls, knocking on doors. I went to a barbeque in Whately as well — we’re trying to reach out to every single voter,” Blais said. “There are volunteers making homemade signs and getting visibility out there.”

In her home base of Turners Falls, Francia Wisnewski said volunteers were continuing to help her campaign throughout the day.

“Personally, a lot of people who are undecided have called asking me questions, so I’ve been answering them and hopefully helping them make their decision,” Wisnewski said. “I also enjoyed an ice cream at the office.”

Casey Pease of Worthington said throughout his campaign he’s gone around the hilltowns to introduce himself.

“I’ve had conversations with people in the hilltowns, stopped at local spots like country stores to remind people to vote,” Pease said. “It’s been a really busy day, but we have a strong ground game that will hopefully produce the results we want to see.”

Nathaniel Waring, of Sunderland, said because his campaign is different from his competitors in that he does not have money or staff, he canvassed some areas and spent his Labor Day with his family.

“I’m preparing for tomorrow, because I’m going to Greenfield Community College,” Waring said. “My campaign is winding down a little. Today, I’m spending time with my kids and enjoying the meaning of the holiday.”

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