Campaign notebook for June 16, 2018

Published: 6/15/2018 11:55:22 PM
Zakim to tour commonwealth

Democratic Candidate for Secretary of State Josh Zakim will begin a state-wide tour next week where he will meet with voters from Cape Cod to the Berkshires. Zakim won the endorsement of the Massachusetts Democratic Party on June 2.

“Now is the time to really ramp up the campaign and meet with Massachusetts voters across the state,” Zakim said in a statement. “From meet-and-greets to voter registration drives, I will be eager to listen to individuals across the Commonwealth about how we can bring bold, progressive ideas to the office of Secretary of State.”

Zakim urged voters to join him for events at “some of my favorite places in Massachusetts.” Zakim will be in Northampton on Tuesday at the Northampton Farmers Market along with Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz.

Velis endorses Carey for House

State Rep. John Velis, D-4th Hampden, has announced that he is endorsing Dan Carey for the Democratic nomination for the state House of Representatives’ 2nd Hampshire District seat.

Velis said in a statement regarding his decision to endorse Carey that he knows Carey “has the character, integrity, and work ethic to be an exemplary State Representative.”

Velis was elected to the State House in 2014, and also serves as a captain in the Army Reserve. He is in the process of being deployed to Afghanistan, and won’t be in the country during the election.

“Since I will be deployed during the election and will not be around to make the case myself, I want to take this opportunity to throw my support behind my friend Dan Carey,” said Velis.

Carey said that he was “thrilled” to have Velis’ endorsement and said he looked forward to working with him to “ensure that we receive our fair share of funding for all our schools, rebuild our roads and bridges, and to make the commuter rail expansion to western Mass. a reality.” Carey continue by saying, “I want to work with John, and for you, on these issues and many more.”

If Carey, a former Easthampton City Councilor, wins the seat, he will be following in the footsteps of his grandfather, William Carey, who held the seat for 12 years.

Nakajima to hold barbecue

Amherst resident and candidate for the 3rd Hampshire District Seat Eric Nakajima is holding a “summer kickoff” barbecue on Sunday, June 24, at the Harp in Amherst from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

The barbecue is in celebration of Nakajima’s campaign completing its first round of campaigning in Amherst, Pelham and Granby, and will include an assortment of hamburgers, hot dogs and salads.

“Our volunteers and campaign team have been working hard and it’s a nice time to relax and meet with friends before kicking off our second round of outreach,” said Leo Maley, Nakajima’s campaign manager.

The event is open to anyone interested.

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