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Jim Palermo: Supports Sabadosa in 1st Hampshire District

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Supports Lindsay Sabadosa in 1st Hampshire District

The 1st Hampshire District has two excellent candidates vying to fill the seat in the state House of Representatives that became open upon the death of our much loved and highly respected Peter Kocot.

I did not say that either candidate is seeking to replace Mr. Kocot, for he was unique in the best ways possible. However, one candidate, Lindsay Sabadosa, will fill the darkness with a highly energized light, fueled by a passion for public service, a formidable intellect and the proven ability to get things done.

Sabadosa, a loving mother, was born in Westfield, graduated from Wellesley College and the University of Edinburgh, works as a legal and financial translator and resides in Northampton.

Her energy is boundless. Just ask the residents of the district to whom she has reached out, having traveled to every town and city, not only to tell her story, but to listen to us, in order to appreciate the issues that we care about, including single-payer health care, education funding reforms (including rural and regional schools); green energy; reproductive and women’s rights; and reform of our immigration and criminal justice systems.

Long before deciding to run for elected office, Sabadosa was hard at work. She is director of the Pioneer Valley Women’s March, is on the boards of Emerge Massachusetts and of the Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts. In addition, she is a member of statewide committees for progressive legislation in areas such as Medicare for All and the Safe Communities Act.

I am particularly impressed by Sabadosa’s desire to collaborate with all the representatives from western Massachusetts, as well as with legislators from other sections of the commonwealth whose districts experience similar challenges.

For example, her research shows that the funding challenges that plague regional and rural schools in western Massachusetts also plague the schools in areas such Worcester and Barnstable counties. She has pledged that she will build strategic coalitions with those representatives in order secure school-funding reforms.

Sabadosa has my enthusiastic support and my vote to become our state representative in the 1st Hampshire District.

Jim Palermo

Southampton