Campaign notebook: Szynal, O’Donnell, Kline endorsements

  • Lindsay Sabadosa, left, and Diana Szynal, who are candidates for the 1st Hampshire District state representative seat, listen to a question during a forum focused on climate and energy issues, Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at JFK Middle School.

Published: 8/27/2018 5:58:35 PM
Szynal gets nod from sitting reps

NORTHAMPTON — Diana Szynal has announced the endorsement of 15 sitting female members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in her campaign for the Democratic nomination for the 1st Hampshire District in the Massachusetts House.

“We served with Peter Kocot and we know how he trusted Diana’s dedication to public service. Adding her experience will only make us a stronger body. We cannot wait for Diana to join our ranks to fight for a better Massachusetts and civil rights for all!” stated Speaker Pro Tempore Patricia Haddad, D-Somerset, the highest ranking female member, in a statement released by the Szynal campaign.

“Having someone like Diana who is committed to providing quality, accessible, comprehensive, affordable and equitable health care to every person in Massachusetts will be a huge asset in our fight!” said State Representative Jennifer Benson, D-Lunenberg, in the same release.

The other representatives whose support was highlighted in the release were Linda Dean Campbell, D-Methuen, Claire Cronin, D-Easton, Carolyn Dykema, D-Holliston, Lori Ehrlich, D-Marblehead, Ann Margaret Ferrante, D- Gloucester, Carole Fiola, D-Fall River, Danielle Gregoire, D-Marlborough, Kate Hogan, D-Stow, Kay Khan, D-Newton, Sarah Peake, D-Provincetown, Alice Hanlon Peisch, Wellesley, Roselee Vincent, D-Revere, Susannah Whipps, Unenrolled-Athol.

“Saying I am humbled by the support of these wonderful women doesn’t begin to describe it. I have watched these women work with Peter through the years and have always had such great respect and appreciation for their leadership.” said Szynal.

Szynal, of Hatfield, is facing Northampton translator and women’s rights advocate Lindsay Sabadosa in the Democratic primary, which is set to take place on Sept. 4.

O’Donnell Receives Endorsement of Former State Rep.

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton City Council President Ryan O’Donnell, D-Northampton, has received the endorsement of former state Rep. Ed McColgan, D-Northampton, in his race for the Democratic nomination for the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester District in the Massachusetts state Senate.

“Ryan has the legislative experience we need in our next State Senator,” said McColgan. “He has proven he can get things done for people by working with his colleagues on the City Council, and the same skills are required to be an effective legislator on Beacon Hill. I’m voting for Ryan because I know he’s ready to fight for our interests in Western Mass and get results.”

McColgan represented the 1st Hampshire District in the Massachusetts house in the early 1970s. Before this he was the councilor for Ward 4 on the Northampton City Council.

O’Donnell is running as a write-in candidate for the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester District. In addition to Chelsea Kline, an educator and women’s rights advocate who is the only candidate on the ballot, there are two other write-in candidates: Central Hampshire Veterans’ Services Director Steven Connor and former MoveOn.org campaign director Jo Comerford. All four candidates are from Northampton.

The primary is set to take place on Sept. 4.

Kline receives solar endorsement

NORTHAMPTON — Chelsea Kline has received the endorsement of the Massachusetts Solar Owners Association (MASOA), in her race for the Democratic nomination for the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester District in the Massachusetts state Senate.

“Chelsea Kline understands that climate change requires immediate action, and that the state must act to protect our green energy economy,” said MASOA in a statement released from the Kline campaign. “Massachusetts lost 3,000 solar jobs last year alone because of anti-solar policies at the state level. We need dedicated leaders like Chelsea Kline in the Senate fighting for solar energy, for our environment, and for the green economy in Massachusetts.”

“I am proud to stand with MASOA and solar energy owners in Massachusetts,” said Kline in the same release. “Renewable energy sources like solar are vital to combating climate change, reducing electricity costs, and bringing green jobs to Western Massachusetts. As Senator, I will fight for 100 percent renewable energy in Massachusetts to ensure a better world for our communities and our children, and stand up to the fossil fuel industry and their anti-renewable policies.”

MASOA is an organization of individuals and businesses that own solar arrays. As per the release, it works to educate solar owners and advocate for access to affordable solar energy in the state.

The state Senate primary is set to take place on Sept. 4.


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