Campaign Notebook: Orange’s Andrews endorses Kline

Published: 7/15/2018 7:36:55 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Chelsea Kline has earned the endorsement of Orange Democrat and former state Rep. Denise Andrews in her race for the Democratic nomination for the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester District in the Massachusetts state Senate.

“Chelsea Kline is the best candidate to represent us in the State Senate, and the only candidate with the leadership and life experience to deliver positive change for our families and communities,” said Andrews, in a release from the Kline campaign. In the same release, Kline expressed gratitude for the endorsement.

“On Beacon Hill, Rep. Andrews fought hard for Franklin County and for all of Western Massachusetts,” said Kline. “I’m honored to have her endorsement and support in this campaign.”

Activist org backs Comerford

NORTHAMPTON — Jo Comerford has earned the endorsement of Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution in her race for the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester District, in the Massachusetts state Senate.

According to a release from the Comerford campaign, Comerford received the 92.8 percent of the vote from the organization’s membership in its endorsement vote.

Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution uses ranked choice voting in its endorsement proceess.

Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution was founded by activists who worked on Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign. According to its website, it seeks to promote progressive values in Franklin County, as well as state and nation-wide.

The organization also announced the endorsement of both Francia Wisnewski of Montague and Kate Albright-Hanna of Huntington in the race for the Democratic nomination for the 1st Hampshire District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

Blais takes part in food justice, health equity forum

SUNDERLAND — On Wednesday, Natalie Blais, a candidate for the 1st Franklin District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, participated in a forum on Food Justice and Health Equity at the Shea Theater Arts Center.

The forum was sponsored by CISA, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, and the Franklin County Resource Network Public Policy Task Force.

“No one in our district, or in our state or our nation, should ever have to experience hunger,” Blais said, in a release before the event.

Blais also noted the work she did on combating hunger when she work for U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Worcester.

“If we are serious about ending hunger, lawmakers, non-profits, businesses and municipalities must work together to identify the causes and prioritize the actions that will have the greatest impact. As State Representative, I want to be at the table as we work collaboratively to identify solutions and advocate on Beacon Hill for programs and policies that will make a difference,” Blais said, in the release.

Former rival Johnson endorses John Hine

SOUTH HADLEY — John Hine as earned the endorsement of Clark Johnson, a former opponent of his in the race for the 2nd Hampshire District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

“In this perilous moment, we must maintain liberal values and norms – many of them under assault. This is everywhere the backdrop for the 2018 election. In Massachusetts, we must also demonstrate that government can help to meet critical needs and adapt to demographic and other changes – all while encouraging commercial investment and job growth. We must rethink and refocus spending and regulatory priorities in health care, in all levels of education, and elsewhere. The stakes will be high,” said Johnson, in a statement released by the Hine campaign announcing the endorsement. “John Hine has worked in South Hadley town government for over 30 years — and he has demonstrated grasp of issues, suitable temperament, and success in coalition-building. I know that we share priorities and expectations for state government.”

In the same release, Hine,a former South Hadley selectman, expressed gratitude to Johnson for the endorsement.

“As a candidate, Clark quickly demonstrated a thorough understanding of the issues, especially economic, facing the district, the commonwealth, indeed the nation. I greatly value his endorsement,” said Hine.

The primary will take place on Sept. 4.


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