Attorney Andrea Harrington of Richmond to announce candidacy for state Senate seat

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

RICHMOND — Attorney Andrea Harrington of Richmond is scheduled to announce her candidacy Tuesday for the state Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Benjamin B. Downing, D-Pittsfield.

Harrington, a Democrat, is scheduled to announce her candidacy at 10 a.m. at the Public Market in West Stockbridge. The Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden district is made up of 52 towns, including Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Huntington, Middlefield, Plainfield, Westhampton, Williamsburg and Worthington.

“I am running for State Senate because our district needs a leader who understands the challenges facing our communities and will build on the opportunities we have to create jobs and protect our children,” Harrington said in a statement Monday. “I am running to expand the bright spots in our regional economy — in court I have seen too many lives impacted by financial hardship.”

A board member of Berkshares, a local currency for Berkshire County, Harrington’s work with the organization focuses on supporting local business, growing entrepreneurship and the new community-supported industry program.

A mother of two, Harrington also volunteers with programs to provide expanded educational opportunities for young people in Berkshire County — the Railroad Street Youth Project, the Crocus Fund and the Berkshire Academies’ Mentors.

Shelburne Falls native Adam Hinds of Pittsfield also is a candidate for the seat being vacated by Downing after 10 years.