US Senate candidate Edward Markey to hold fundraiser in Northampton with Elizabeth Warren, Jim McGovern
NORTHAMPTON — Democratic Congressman Edward Markey’s campaign for U.S. Senate will bring him to Northampton on Saturday, and he’s bringing some heavy hitters with him.
Markey, who is squaring off against Republican Gabriel Gomez in a special election June 25, will hold a campaign fundraiser and rally at 2 p.m. Saturday at R. Michelson Galleries, 132 Main St.
He will be joined by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, as well as many Democratic leaders from the region.
“It’s very exciting that we’re going to have Edward Markey, Elizabeth Warren and Jim McGovern in one place this Saturday in Northampton,” said Thomas Lesser , a Northampton lawyer who is an organizer of the event. All three are expected to speak, he added.
Other notables expected to attend include state senators Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst and Benjamin Downing of Pittsfield; state representatives Peter Kocot of Northampton, Stephen Kulik of Worthington, John Scibak of South Hadley and Ellen Story of Amherst; former U.S. Rep. John Olver of Amherst; and Northampton Mayor David J. Narkewicz and Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan.
“Everybody will circulate throughout the reception,” Lesser said. “It’s a great opportunity to meet people.”
The event begins with a 30-minute “pre-reception” at 2 p.m. for people who agree to donate or raise between $1,000 and $2,500, followed by a general reception, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., for those who donate between $50 and $500. Lesser said about 100 people have signed up.
A similar reception is planned for Franklin County later Saturday.
The campaign to replace John Kerry, who resigned to become secretary of state, is heating up with the special election less than two weeks away.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were in the state earlier this week, and former president Bill Clinton is expected to campaign for Markey in Worcester Saturday night.
Recent polls show Markey with a single-digits lead over Gomez. Lesser said Democrats are not easing up.
“Everybody wants to make sure that there’s a great turnout” in the special election, he said. “We want to make sure Warren’s seat is not negated by a Republican.”
Markey’s rally Saturday is the second high-profile campaign fundraiser to be held in Northampton in recent years. Warren held a similar event at the Hotel Northampton late in 2011 during her U.S. Senate race. That event drew more than 250 people.
Lesser said campaigns are starting to recognize that western Massachusetts can be an important factor in winning an election. That’s partly why Markey has visited Northampton a handful of times in the last month, Lesser said.