Campaign Notebook: ​​​​​​Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund endorses Sabadosa, Kline

  • Voters cast their ballots in Hinsdale, Ill, March 18, 2014. AP PHOTO/M. Spencer Green

Published: 8/6/2018 1:15:02 PM

NORTHAMPTON — In its latest round of endorsements, the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts has endorsed two women running for the Legislature in Hampshire County.

In the 1st Hampshire District in the Massachusetts House, the advocacy fund has endorsed Northampton women’s rights advocate and translator Lindsay Sabadosa.

In the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester District in the Massachusetts state Senate, the advocacy fund has endorsed educator and women’s rights advocate Chelsea Kline.

Both candidates are running in their respective Democratic Party primaries.

“As D.C. politicians wage attacks on access to reproductive health care and comprehensive sex education, we need leaders like Lindsay Sabadosa in the State House to defend Massachusetts and push our state forward,” said Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak, president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts in a release from the Sabadosa campaign. “Lindsay will fight for policies that strengthen reproductive rights and eliminate barriers to vital health care to ensure everyone has access to the care they need.”

Sabadosa is facing off against Diana Szynal of Hatfield, the longtime district director for the late Rep. Peter Kocot, D-Northampton.

Kline, meanwhile, is the only candidate on the primary ballot, but is being challenged by three write-in candidates. They are Northampton City Council President Ryan O’Donnell, Central Hampshire Veterans’ Services Director Steven Connor of Northampton and former campaign director Jo Comerford.

Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts is the political arm of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. Planned Parenthood provides reproductive and sexual health services and education across the commonwealth.

Former Obama official endorses Hine

SOUTH HADLEY — John Hine has been endorsed by former Obama administration official Dr. Donald Berwick in his bid for the 2nd Hampshire District in the Massachusetts House.

Berwick served as the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under President Obama. He was also a 2014 Democratic Party candidate for governor of Massachusetts.

“John Hine has honorably served the residents of South Hadley for decades and has shown he has the knowledge and skill set necessary to be a great state Representative for the Second Hampshire District,” Berwick said in a statement released by the Hine campaign.

“John will lead on improving our state’s health care system by lowering costs and increasing quality care, investing in our schools, expanding economic development, and taking on challenges such as the opioid epidemic and climate change that threaten our families.”

“As someone who’s been involved in the health care field for nearly 35 years I am truly honored to receive the endorsement of respected policymaker and health care advocate, Dr. Don Berwick,” said Hine, in the same release.

The 2nd Hampshire District consists of Hadley, South Hadley, Easthampton and part of Granby,

A former member of the South Hadley Select Board, Hine is running against two opponents in the Democratic Party primary for the seat. They are former Granby School Committee member Marie McCourt and Easthampton City Council member Dan Carey.

Grossman backs Edwards

WHATELY — Jonathan Edwards has secured the endorsement of former state treasurer Steve Grossman in his bid for the 1st Franklin District in the Massachusetts House.

“I have known Jonathan for 25 years and he has repeatedly demonstrated a passion for and understanding of economic development and job growth while advocating strong progressive values of inclusion and helping those in need,” said Grossman, in a statement from the Edwards campaign. “I see firsthand his current work to create jobs in advanced manufacturing and the innovation economy across economically challenged parts of greater Springfield and the entire Pioneer Valley. I know this experience is exactly what the 1st Franklin District needs.”

Grossman is also a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

“I am honored that someone as accomplished and progressive as Steve Grossman has noticed my work not just as an advocate for job growth in western Massachusetts, but also as a leader in filling the skills gap with successful workforce training,” said Edwards, in the same release. “As a state representative, I would look forward to working with Steve and other economic development stakeholders to grow job opportunities up and down the Pioneer Valley in high-pay, high-growth industries such as manufacturing, clean tech and the innovation economy.”

Edwards has announced the he would advocate for the creation of an assistant secretary for economic development for western Massachusetts if elected.

Edwards, of Whately, is a candidate in the Democratic Party primary. His opponents are Kate Albright-Hanna of Huntington, Natalie Blais of Sunderland, Christine Doktor of Cummington, Casey Pease of Worthington, Nathaniel Waring of Sunderland and Francia Wisnewski of Montague.

Comerford secures organizations’ backing

NORTHAMPTON — Jo Comerford’s campaign has announced several endorsements of her write-in campaign for the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester District in the Massachusetts Senate.

The union UNITE HERE!, MassEquality PAC, the political wing of the civil rights organization MassEquality; and the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers have all thrown their support behind Comerford’s candidacy. Additionally, has thrown its support behind Comerford, following a vote from members in the Senate district.

“You share our belief that good jobs along with the values of equality, justice, and fairness form the foundation for strong communities. We look forward to working with you for years to come on behalf of our members and the Massachusetts working class,” said Warren Pepicelli, manager of the New England Joint Board of Unite Here

A former campaign director for, Comerford, of Northampton, is facing off against Chelsea Kline of Northampton, an educator and women’s rights advocate; Northampton City Council President Ryan O’Donnell, and Central Hampshire Veterans’ Services Director Steven Connor of Northampton. Kline is the only candidate who will appear on the ballot, however, as the other candidates are running write-in campaigns.

Szynal receives Higgins’ endorsement

NORTHAMPTON — Diana Syznal has been endorsed by former Northampton Mayor Clare Higgins in her race for the 1st Hampshire District in the Massachusetts House.

Szynal, the longtime district director for Rep. Peter Kocot, D-Northampton, was endorsed by Higgins at an event at the Hotel Northampton on Wednesday night.

“Diana is not the replacement to Peter. She is the successor to Peter; a great successor who will fill the roles that Peter played and will find some other roles that she can play as well,” said Higgins, in a release from the Szynal campaign. “I worked with Peter and he set the ‘gold standard’ for any State Representative. The fact that Diana worked for him for so many years and learned not only from him but from her own experiences is invaluable. She has been an elected official and a person deeply engaged in the lives of the families in our community.”

“I have known and respected Mayor Higgins for some time now so to be endorsed by her is very humbling,” Szynal said, in the same release. “I am glad to earn her endorsement and I stress the word ‘earn’ as I know it is only through my hard work in our community over the course of my career that she trusts that I will be a dedicated public servant to the great people of the First Hampshire.”

Szynal, of Hatfield, is facing off against Northampton women’s rights advocate and translator Lindsay Sabadosa in the Democratic primary for the 1st Hampshire District.

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

The primary is Sept. 4.


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