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Campaign Notebook: Story, Murphy back Comerford; Sabadosa releases video

  • Jo Comerford running for Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester District Senate seat. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

  • Lindsay Sabadosa is a candidate for the 1st Hampshire District. Gazette file photo


Tuesday, August 07, 2018

AMHERST — Jo Comerford is being endorsed by former state Rep. Ellen Story and former competitor David J. Murphy in the race for the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester District in the Massachusetts state Senate.

Both endorsements were announced in a release from the Comerford campaign, which also revealed that Story had previously been backing Murphy.

“I’ve known Ellen for 25 years. She’s been a friend, a mentor, and someone who I admire and respect,” Murphy said in a statement. “I know how much (the) people of this district look up to Ellen and respect her views and together we are going to make history by electing Jo Comerford to the State Senate. Jo will be an outstanding representative for this district.”

Story said in the release that Murphy made the right decision last week to drop out, though she thought he was the most qualified person for the job. She also said that, given Comerford’s experience, “It was clear to me that Jo Comerford would be the person that would best be our next Senator.”

Comerford, a former MoveOn.org campaign director from Northampton, is running as a write-in candidate against Northampton educator and women’s rights advocate Chelsea Kline, the only candidate on the ballot, as well as write-in candidates Ryan O’Donnell, the president of the Northampton City Council, and Steven Connor, the director of Central Hampshire Veterans’ Services.

The primary will take place on Sept. 4.

Chinese charter expansion

In other news, Comerford opposes a renewed effort of the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School to expand its enrollment.

“I am extremely dismayed that the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School is once again seeking permission to expand its enrollment,” said Comerford, noting that the request comes at a bad time.

“Just last week, negotiations to fix the flawed education funding formula that plagues municipalities across the state — and especially in our district — fell through, leaving our public schools dramatically underfunded and in continued jeopardy,” she said in a statement. “We simply cannot afford an increased charter school budget drain.”

Sabadosa releases video, to host party for younger voters

NORTHAMPTON — Lindsay Sabadosa, who is running for the 1st Hampshire District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, released a campaign video on Tuesday.

The candidate also announced that she will host a party for younger voters at her campaign headquarters on Aug. 14.

In the video, Sabadosa notes her work as an advocate and community organizer, and she shares policy positions like supporting Medicare for All funding public schools and expanding public transportation.

The video can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

The party for younger voters, scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. at 76 Gothic St., will feature music from the band Kalliope Jones. There will also be snacks, and voters will get to meet Sabadosa and learn about the campaign.

Sabadosa, a Northampton translator, is running in the Democratic primary against Diana Szynal of Hatfield, the longtime district director for the district.

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