Campaign Notebook: League of Women Voters publishes Voter’s Guide 

  • Chad Cain—

Published: 8/14/2018 12:28:00 AM

NORTHAMPTON — The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts has created an online Voter’s Guide at that provides information about all candidates in the state’s Sept. 4 primary races.

The online guide also includes voting information and tools, and information about statewide ballot questions. Users can access information regarding candidates’ backgrounds, stances and endorsements; candidates’ responses to questions from the League of Women Voters; polling locations and voting requirements; and a “Make a Plan to Vote” tool. Only a street address is required to access to guide’s personalized ballot information.

“We hope Massachusetts voters will use this Voters’ Guide to help make informed choices as they vote on (Sept. 4),” Mary Anne Ashton, president of LWVMA, said in a statement. “We are pleased to be able to provide this information and thank the candidates for their willingness to participate in the guide.”

The guide will provide information on candidates for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, as well as candidates for the Massachusetts Senate and House, governor, lieutenant governor, auditor, treasurer, secretary of the commonwealth, attorney general, register of deeds, clerk of courts, district attorney, governor’s council and county commissioner. It will also include information about three statewide ballot questions. The guide will continue to update for the Nov. 6 general election.

The deadline to register to vote in the primary election is Wednesday.

2 Northampton city councilors endorse Sabadosa 

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton city councilors Dennis Bidwell (Ward 2) and Alisa Klein (Ward 7) have endorsed Lindsay Sabadosa for state representative of 1st Hampshire District in the Sept. 4 primary election, the Sabadosa campaign announced Monday.

“As evidenced by her talented and tireless community organizing efforts over the last few years, Lindsay will be an insightful and intrepid advocate for her constituents as she addresses our day-to-day concerns and values such as greening our energy grid, ensuring access to healthcare for all, and protecting our local farms,” the councilors announced in the endorsement.

Bidwell described Sabadosa as a “grassroots activist with tremendous organizing and coalition-building skills.”

“She’s a smart-as-a-whip policy expert, yet always interested in learning more and hearing varying points of view. And all of this is wrapped up in the sort of dynamic personality that will help her to quickly build the relationships necessary to get things done on Beacon Hill,” he stated in the endorsement.

Sabadosa is the director of the Pioneer Valley Women’s March and sits on the Massachusetts organizing committees for legislation such as Medicare for All and the Safe Communities Act. She is running against Diana M. Szynal, of Hatfield, and district director for the late state Rep. Peter V. Kocot, who held the seat.

Sen. L’Italien endorses Kline 

NORTHAMPTON — Massachusetts Sen. Barbara L’Italien has endorsed Democrat Chelsea Kline for the vacant Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester Senate seat, the Kline campaign announced Monday.

“I first ran for office because of my experience raising a child with autism in a system that was working against us,” L’Italien said in the endorsement. “When I brought that experience to the Legislature, we were able to completely reshape the way Massachusetts serves people with autism, and we became a national model. Chelsea’s own lived experience as a mom on a mission to create a better life for her kids and families like hers mirrors my story and the stories of countless families across our Commonwealth.”

During her campaign, Kline has emphasized repairing the “social safety net,” environmental protection, investment in the school system, and a single-payer health care system.

“I’m deeply honored to have the support of Sen. L’Italien, who has done so much to advance the progressive movement in the Legislature,” Kline said of the endorsement. “If elected, I’m looking forward to continuing Sen. L’Italien’s legacy of fighting for the issues that matter most to our communities.”

Kline is one of four candidates running for the Senate seat on the only candidate on the Sept. 4 election ballot. The others are write-in candidates Steven Connor, Ryan O’Donnell and Jo Comerford.

Former Easthampton mayor endorses Carey

EASTHAMPTON — Daniel Carey, a candidate for state representative for the 2nd Hampshire District, has received the endorsement of former Easthampton Mayor Karen Cadieux, the Carey campaign announced Sunday.

“Dan researches each issue and is always prepared for every agenda matter,” Cadieux said in the endorsement. “Dan’s focus has always been on what is best for our community.”

Cadieux previously worked with Carey during her terms as mayor, when Carey served on the Easthampton School Committee and then the Easthampton City Council.

“I thank Mayor Cadieux for her support and her years of public service working for the people of Easthampton,” Carey said of the endorsement. “I look forward to continuing my public service in this new role working for the people of Easthampton, South Hadley, Hadley, and Granby.”

Carey is currently an Easthampton city councilor and assistant district attorney with the Northwestern district attorney’s office, as well as its former director of the district attorney’s Drug Diversion and Treatment Program. He is running against candidates Marie McCourt of Granby and John Hine of South Hadley. 

Carpenters union endorses Nakajima 

AMHERST — The New England Regional Council of Carpenters Local 336 has endorsed Eric Nakajima for state representative of the 3rd Hampshire District, Nakajima’s campaign announced Monday.

“Eric’s past education in city and regional planning, and political science, along with his experience working at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development gives him an immediate understanding of the complex issues facing our state today,” a spokesperson for the organization stated. “That’s important for Western Mass as so many new faces will be taking office from our area.”

“The members of our union and their families are looking for leaders who have the middle class working person in mind when making decisions,” the endorsement continued. “Eric is committed to fighting for the values of the men and women that make our region run. As state representative, Eric will be able to use these strengths to be a champion for the working class and we proudly stand behind our endorsement of him.”

Nakajima earlier received endorsements from United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1459, and the Massachusetts AFL-CIO. He is running against Mindy Domb of Amherst. 

Shutesbury candidates event

SHUTESBURY — Voters will have the opportunity to meet with all Democratic candidates running for four district seats on Sunday, Aug. 26 from 3 to 5 p.m., at the Shutesbury Athletic Club.

The candidates include four campaigning for the Hampshire, Franklin, and Worcester Senate seat formerly occupied by Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst; seven candidates for the 1st Franklin District representative seat held by state Rep. Stephen Kulik of Worthington; two candidates for the 3rd Hampshire Representative seat, currently held by state Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose of Amherst; and one candidate for the 2nd Franklin District representative seat.

Penny Kim, chairwoman of the Shutesbury Town Democratic Committee said the event will be a good chance for voters to meet with the candidates informally before the Sept. 4 primary election. This event is being co-sponsored by the Democratic Town Committees of Amherst, Leverett, New Salem, Pelham, Shutesbury, Sunderland and Wendell.

South Hadley candidates night

SOUTH HADLEY — Know Your Town of South Hadley will hold a pre-primary Candidates’ Night on Thursday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. at the South Hadley High School auditorium.

At the event, Democratic primary candidates will answer oral and written audience-submitted questions, followed by refreshments.

Candidates expected to attend are John Hine, Marie McCourt and Daniel Carey for state representative in the 2nd Hampshire District, as well as Chelsea Kline, Steve Connor and Jo Comerford, who are running for the Hampshire, Franklin, and Worcester Senate seat. The event is free and open to the public.

Our Revolution endorses Amatul-Wadud

BOSTON — Our Revolution has endorsed Tahirah Amatul-Wadud at the national level for the 1st Congressional District seat in Massachusetts, the organization’s Massachusetts chapter announced Monday. Amatul-Wadud had previously received local and state endorsements from Our Revolution.

Amatul-Wadud, a Springfield attorney, is running on a platform that emphasizes issues such as establishing Medicare for All; increasing high-speed internet access to stimulate the economy of western Massachusetts; and addressing the state’s handling of the crack cocaine and opioid crises.

“It was Tahirah’s positions on the issues important to our members that led to the endorsement,” David Greenberg, a representative from ORMA affiliate Franklin County Continuing on the Political Revolution, said in a statement.

“When people feel desperate, hopeless and ignored, they want a reason to be galvanized towards positivity and unity,” Amatul-Wadid said in receiving the endorsement. “We look to our elected officials for calming, moral leadership and many don’t feel we are getting that now. I hope to change that with your vote and trust.”

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