Campaign Notebook: Szynal to kick off campaign; Hines officially in race

Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Szynal to kick off 1st Hampshire campaign

Diana Szynal, the longtime district director for the late Rep. Peter Kocot, D-Northampton, will kick off her campaign for the 1st Hampshire District on Thursday at the Northampton Country Club.

Szynal, 51, is running for the seat left vacant by the death of Kocot in February. 

The kickoff will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

Speakers will include Ward 6 Northampton City Councilor Marianne LaBarge, former state 3rd Hampshire District Rep. Ellen Story, 2nd Hampshire District Rep. John Scibak and Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan.

The 1st Hampshire District includes Northampton, Westhampton, Southampton and Hatfield in Hampshire County, as well as Montgomery in Hampden County.

The other candidate in the race is translator and activist Lindsay Sabadosa, 37, of Northampton, who is also running as a Democrat.

Hine announces candidacy for state representative

SOUTH HADLEY — Democrat John Hine of South Hadley formally announces his candidacy for the state representative seat for the 2nd Hampshire District.

The seat is currently held by John Sciback, D-South Hadley, who is not running for re-election.

Hine cites his more than 30 years of experience in municipal government in South Hadley, including service on the Select Board, School Committee, Municipal Light Board, Planning Board and Town Meeting, as key to preparing him to be an effective legislator.

Likewise, Hine feels his 35-plus years of experience in the information technology field, leveraging technology to solve business challenges at MassMutual, Holyoke Medical Center and Baystate Health, provides him with important insights into issues related to business and technology.

Issues Hine will focus on as a representative include controlling health care costs, moving away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy and smart conservation, investing in quality kindergarten and pre-K programs for all children, and developing workforce training to meet the needs of businesses.

Other candidates in the race include Democrats Harry Clark Johnson, of South Hadley; Daniel R. Carey, a city councilor in Easthampton; and Marie McCourt, a Democrat from Granby.