Political Notebook, May 5, 2018

Friday, May 04, 2018
Blais kicks off campaign

Democratic candidate for 1st Franklin House District Natalie Blais will kick off her campaign today at various locations across the district .

The 12-hour kickoff tour, crisscrossing the district and covering over 100 miles, will include an 8:15 a.m. stop at Montague Town Meeting, a 9 a.m. visit to the Leverett Village Coop, a 12:30 p.m. stop at Plainfield Town Meeting and a 1:30 swing to Baked in Shelburne Falls and a 3 p.m. stop at the Ashfield Lake House before winding up at a 5 p.m. official campaign kickoff at Mike’s Maze in her hometown of Sunderland. 

Blais, who is executive director of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, has served as economic development director for Congressman John Olver; constituent services and special projects manager for Congressman Jim McGovern; the UMass Amherst chancellor’s chief of staff, says, “I can hit the ground running as state representative at a time when the region needs experience on Beacon Hill.”  

Albright-Hanna backed

Democratic Candidate  Kate Albright-Hanna has received the endorsement of state Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow, in her bid to fill the 1st Franklin seat of retiring state Rep. Stephen Kulik.

Lesser said,   “Since our days working together on the 2008 Obama campaign and into the administration, Kate has shown a clear understanding of how to build coalitions within complex organizations — a political skill that will serve her well as she fights for the people of the 1st Franklin District. I enthusiastically endorse her, and look forward to teaming up with her on projects that will have a big impact on our quality of life — like more rail service, student debt relief, and local economic development. This is a great opportunity for western Massachusetts to send a visionary new leader to Boston.”