Campaign Notebook: 2018 primary elections heat up

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Narkewicz endorses Szynal in 1st Hampshire District

Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz has endorsed Diana Szynal in the 1st Hampshire District state House of Representatives race.

Szynal, of Hatfield, served as the longtime district director for Rep. Peter Kocot, D-Northampton, who died in February, leaving the district vacant. She is running in the Democratic primary for the seat.

Narkewicz announced his endorsement at Szynal’s campaign kickoff at the Northampton Country Club on Thursday.

In a statement released to the Gazette prior to the kickoff, Narkewicz noted that he had worked with Szynal for many years in her role as district director. He said her experience in local and state government, knowledge of and commitment to the communities she serves, and her proven ability to help translate the needs of the district into action and policy on Beacon Hill make her the best choice.

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

Lindsay Sabadosa, of Northampton, a translator and activist, is the other candidate in the race. She is also running in the Democratic primary, which will take place on Sept. 4.

3 Northampton councilors endorse O’Donnell

Northampton City Council President Ryan O’Donnell has received the endorsements of three of his fellow councilors in his write-in bid in the Democratic primary for the Hampshire Franklin and Worcester District.

Councilor-At-Large William Dwight, Ward 4 Councilor Gina-Louise Sciarra and Ward 7 Councilor Alisa Klein announced their support in a joint release from the O’Donnell campaign earlier this month.

In their endorsement, the three emphasized O’Donnell’s progressive positions, as well as the importance of legislative experience in making up for the departures of longtime legislators from the area’s delegation.

“Our cities and towns can be easily ignored on Beacon Hill without strong and sharp legislators advocating on our behalf,” said Dwight in the release. ”We can be confident Ryan will never let that happen.”

The other three candidates in the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester race are also running in the Democratic primary. They include fellow write-in candidates David J. Murphy, an attorney currently residing in Newton, and Steven Connor, of Northampton, the director of Central Hampshire Veterans’ Services. Chelsea Kline, of Northampton, an educator and women’s rights advocate, is the only candidate on the ballot for the Democratic primary, which will take place on Sept. 4.

Sen. Lesser changes campaign kickoff location

Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow, has changed the location of his campaign kickoff and fundraiser to the Twin Hills Country Club in Longmeadow.

The kickoff will take place on June 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The suggested contributions for those who attend the re-election kickoff is $100 for guests, $250 for supporters, $500 for friends and $1,000 for hosts. Those who wish to RSVP can email Kait Saier at kait@mlmstrategiesllc.com.

Lesser represents the Hampshire and Hampden District in the Senate, which includes Belchertown and Granby in Hampshire County.