Political Notebook, May 16, 2018

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Wisnewski kicks off campaign Thursday

TURNERS FALLS — First Franklin state representative hopeful Francia Wisnewski of Montague will hold a campaign kickoff Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Rendezvous in Turners Falls. There will be hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Wisnewski, one of eight Democrats running for the seat being left vacant by Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, said, “I’ve been out meeting people and attending town meetings and events throughout the 1st Franklin District for over two months already, so I’m excited to celebrate the work we’ve been doing and welcome people to Montague from across the district and beyond.”

Wisnewski is a Montague Town Meeting member as well as chair of the Hampshire-Franklin Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.

Candidates forum set for May 23

The League of Women Voters of Franklin County and Climate Action Now are presenting a series of state representative candidates’ forums in Western Massachusetts focused on climate and energy issues, including an event May 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Frontier Regional School in South Deerfield.

This forum, including all eight contenders for the 1st Franklin District, which has been represented for 25 years by Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, will focus on the candidates’ positions on climate change and our energy future.

Candidates will be asked to differentiate how they understand and support proposed legislation to protect the environment and public health and to maintain economic vitality as well as a strategy for transforming the state’s energy consumption.

The district includes Ashfield, Buckland, Conway, Deerfield, Leverett, Montague, Shelburne, Shutesbury, Sunderland and Whately in Franklin County.