Warren to hold town hall at Greenfield Community College on Saturday

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, will hold a town hall at Greenfield Community College on Saturday. AP FILE PHOTO/STEVEN SENNE

  • U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren answers questions while speaking to the overflow crowd in the gymnasium at Greenfield Middle School during a previous visit to Franklin County in 2017. Warren will hold a town hall at Greenfield Community College on Saturday. STAFF FILE PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 8/24/2022 4:07:57 PM

GREENFIELD — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will visit Franklin County Saturday morning with a stop at Greenfield Community College, where she plans to host a town hall and meet and greet with her constituents.

“We’re really excited for it,” said Keith Bailey, director of grants and government relations at Greenfield Community College. “We’re the only institute of higher education in Franklin County, and as such, we serve as a really important hub for community action and resources.”

The town hall will take place on the Core Patio, with seating starting at 10 a.m. and Warren beginning the event at 10:30 a.m., according to her office. The public is encouraged to participate in the free event, as Warren will answer questions from attendees.

“We’re very excited to welcome Sen. Elizabeth Warren to Greenfield Community College,” GCC President Michelle Schutt said in a statement. “Warren’s an incredibly influential figure in politics in Massachusetts, the country and the world. We’re honored that she has chosen our campus as a location to meet with people of the region and have an open and productive dialogue about today’s issues.”

Warren, who was elected in 2018 to serve a second term, became the first woman from Massachusetts to serve in the Senate when she was elected in 2012. The Cambridge resident also has 30 years of experience as a professor of law.

Bailey said he was approached by Warren’s western Massachusetts aide, regarding the feasibility of using the college campus for the senator to hold a town hall and meet and greet during her recess from Congress.

“With the pandemic and not being able to have people on site for that first year and a half … this will be a really exciting way to serve as sort of a waypoint, or a marker, to really indicate to the community at large that we’re here and we’re open again … as a community resource,” Bailey said of the college.

He said the topics covered at the event will be at Warren’s discretion. During a previous visit to Greenfield in November 2017, Warren took questions from a crowd estimated at just under 1,000 on topics ranging from food insecurity, global arms sales, the future of the Democratic party, how to get involved in political activism and local issues like broadband access. She covered the broad idea of moving back to a time when government worked for everyone, and broke down different ways government can get back to helping the majority of Americans through regulation, investment in research and investment in opportunity through progressive taxation.

Bailey noted, however, that Warren has always been responsive to the needs of the community college.

“We’re very excited to be able to bring both Franklin County and the larger community in western Mass to our campus again,” Bailey said.

Those attending the event are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets for seating. On-site parking is available without charge.

Reporter Mary Byrne can be reached at mbyrne@recorder.com or 413-930-4429. Twitter: @MaryEByrne.


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