Political Notebook: Greenfield town councilor endorses Chelsea Kline; State Senate candidate Jo Comerford comes to Northfield

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Greenfield town councilor endorses Chelsea Kline

Greenfield Town Councilor Otis Wheeler has endorsed Northampton Democrat Chelsea Kline’s bid for the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester Senate seat in the Massachusetts Senate.

“Chelsea Kline knows Greenfield, and she knows Franklin County,” said Wheeler. “She is by far the best candidate to advocate for our towns and fight for our progressive values. Chelsea’s compassion, courage and deep commitment are exactly the qualities needed to bring about real progress and induce meaningful change. I’m proud to support Chelsea’s candidacy, and eager to see her representing our communities in the state Senate.”

Kline, who as the lone candidate on the Democratic ballot as part of a five-way primary race for the Senate seat formerly held by Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst, said, “Greenfield in particular has a special place in my heart as a welcoming community for working families. When I was a single, low-income mom, Greenfield Community College and the Greenfield community gave me the opportunity to achieve my potential. But after years of state budget cuts, tuition at GCC has gone up more than 70 percent since I was a student there, and those opportunities are further out of reach for far too many. That’s bad for students, bad for Greenfield, and bad for Franklin County. As senator, I will make funding for public education — from pre-K to higher education — a top priority.”

Wheeler plans to join Kline in kicking off a campaign canvass event July 14 at 11 a.m. on the Greenfield Common.

State Senate candidate Jo Comerford comes to Northfield

NORTHFIELD — State Senate candidate Jo Comerford will be at the pavilion behind Northfield Town Hall on Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. to meet with residents and answer their questions.

Comerford is seeking the Democratic nomination for the seat previously held by Stan Rosenberg. She would represent the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester District.

This meeting on Saturday will be part of a series of similar meetings that Comerford has held in Greenfield and Amherst, said Michael Aleo, a lawyer from Northampton who works for Comerford’s campaign.

The meeting will not be a stump speech, Aleo said. Comerford talk about her background, then talk about whatever issues the meeting’s attendees may bring up.