Amatul-Wadud will look out for needs of Franklin County

  • Tahirah Amatul-Wadud recently announced her bid for a Congressional seat. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

Monday, January 08, 2018

The Recorder recently published a front-page article announcing that Tahirah Amatul-Wadud will be challenging Congressman Richie Neal for the right to represent the many residents of Franklin County who live in Congressional District 1.

I am fortunate to have become acquainted with Tahirah over the past few months, and I can say unequivocally that she will represent the interests of rural Franklin County folks — high-speed internet access, decent-paying jobs, quality healthcare, to name a few — in a way that Richie Neal, the invisible congressman, has never done.

The Colrain Democratic Town Committee, of which I am a member, has tried consistently to get Congressman Neal to visit with Franklin County constituents to no avail. Tahirah has a successful law practice in western Massachusetts, with a focus on domestic relations and civil rights law. Tahirah was named a 2016 Top Woman of Law by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. She is a volunteer commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, through which she advocates before the state legislature to enact laws responsive to the needs of women and girls. As a member of the Family Advisory Council of Boston Children’s Hospital, Tahirah understands the need to prioritize health care for every person and is thus an avid supporter of single-payer health care.

I strongly urge anybody interested in having their voice heard in Washington to take a look at Tahirah’s website at: https://tahirahforcongress.com/vision and to come meet Tahirah at the Fellowship Hall, 17 Little Mohawk Road, Shelburne on Jan. 28 at 2 p.m.

David Greenberg