Linda L. Marston: Cites Eric Nakajima’s political experience

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Published: 9/1/2018 12:10:25 AM
Cites Nakajima’s political experience

As a longtime local progressive activist, and Democratic Party leader and friend in Hampshire County and beyond, I strongly encourage residents of Amherst, Pelham, and Granby (Precinct 1) to vote for Eric Nakajima for state representative from the 3rd Hampshire District in the Democratic primary on Sept. 4.

I first met Nakajima as we organized for the Western Massachusetts Rainbow Coalition 30 years ago. He has maintained his trademark combination of progressive vision and pragmatic skills ever since.

And — because it has been an issue of special focus in recent and upcoming elections — I want to emphasize that, as a woman, I am endorsing Nakajima as the candidate who will be the most effective working for all of us in the hard-knock politics of Boston. Of the two candidates, Nakajima has the most relevant and direct political knowledge, experience and skills to ensure successful advocacy for his constituents locally, and across the commonwealth.

To this point, I want to especially appeal to previous voters for our current state representative. It is laudable to give candidates a chance to prove themselves, hoping they will learn to be effective and then persevere on behalf of their constituents. Unfortunately, instead of doing so, our current representative chose to leave the Democratic Party, and has now announced he will not serve another term. Nakajima knows exactly what he is getting into, and wants to do it for us anyway.

Finally, I want to note that it would be historic for us to elect the first person of color to represent the upper Pioneer Valley in a state office. He will also be the only state representative of Japanese-American descent.

Please join me in making this momentous occasion come true by voting for Eric Nakajima on Sept. 4.

Linda L. Marston



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