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Campaign Notebook: Candidates Sabadosa, O’Donnell, Amatul-Wadud secure endorsements


Wednesday, June 06, 2018
Mass-Care endorses Sabadosa

NORTHAMPTON — Mass-Care, a single-payer health care advocacy organization, has endorsed Lindsay Sabadosa, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the 1st Hampshire District once held by the late Peter Kocot, D-Northampton.

“Ms. Sabadosa recognizes the role single payer can play in reducing costs, expanding preventative care and decreasing disparities in access to care,” said Jessica Gallo, interim executive director of Mass-Care, said in a statement.

Sabadosa, a Northampton translator and women’s rights advocate, is facing Diana Szynal of Hatfield in the Sept. 4 primary. Syznal served as the district director for Kocot.

The 1st Hampshire district consists of Northampton, Southampton, Westhampton and Hatfield in Hampshire County, and Montgomery in Hampden County.

O’Donnell secures 3 endorsements

NORTHAMPTON — City Council President Ryan O’Donnell has announced three new endorsements from local officials for his write-in campaign for the Democratic nomination for the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester District in the state Senate.

Hadley Select Board Member Molly Keegan, Northampton School Committee Member Laura Fallon and Amherst Select Board Member Alisa Brewer all gave statements of support in a release from the O’Donnell campaign.

They commended O’Donnell for his ability to communicate, his work ethic and his commitment to the region, among other accolades.

O’Donnell is one of six candidates running for the Democratic nomination for the seat formerly held by Stanley Rosenberg. Of these, only Chelsea Kline of Northampton, an educator and women’s rights advocate, is on the ballot. The other four write-in candidates are Central Hampshire Veterans’ Services Director Steven Connor of Northampton, University of Massachusetts at Amherst employee David Morin of Amherst, former MoveOn director Jo Comerford of Northampton and attorney David J. Murphy of Amherst.

Indivisible endorses Amatul-Wadud

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, who is running for Massachusetts 1st Congressional District, has been endorsed by the national progressive organization Indivisible.

Earlier this week Amatul-Wadud was endorsed by Indivisible Williamsburg, a local chapter of the group. She has also been endorsed by affiliates Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution and Rise Up Western Massachusetts Indivisible.

Indivisible is a progressive grassroots organization that was formed to oppose the Trump administration and its policies, taking explicit cues from the success and tactics of the Tea Party.

Amatul-Wadud is running against incumbent U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, in the Democratic primary.

The primary is Sept. 4.