Campaign Notebook: Northampton mayor endorses Comerford, forums on tap

  • Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz endorsed Jo Comerford’s write-in candidacy for the open state Senate in the Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester District. GAZETTE STAFF/MACK COOPER

Published: 7/16/2018 7:08:42 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz has endorsed Jo Comerford’s write-in candidacy for the open state Senate seat in the Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester District.

Narkewicz made the announcement at an event in front of City Hall on Monday. He said he has known Comerford for years, and that she is the candidate most likely to hit the ground running on Beacon Hill.

“She’ll be the kind of partner I need for this city both in good times and bad times,” Narkewicz said alongside Comerford. “We need a senator that knows how to bring people together.”

Narkewicz said he is backing Comerford because she has a “firm grasp” on issues like public education, health care, transportation, job creation and the environment.

Comerford, a former director at MoveOn.org who lives in Northampton, is running for the Democratic nomination against Northampton women’s rights advocate and educator Chelsea Kline — the only candidate on the ballot in the race — and three other write-in candidates: Northampton City Council President Ryan O’Donnell, Central Hampshire Veterans’ Services Director Steven Connor of Northampton and attorney David J. Murphy of Amherst.

3rd Hampshire District forum on tap

AMHERST — A political forum for the Democratic candidates seeking the nomination to become the next state representative for the 3rd Hampshire District will be held Wednesday.

Mindy Domb and Eric Nakajima, both of Amherst, will be at the Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Questions for the candidates will come from panelists and from the audience.

The winner at the Sept. 4 primary will face incumbent Solomon Goldstein-Rose, I-Amherst, who left the Democratic party earlier this year, for the position that represents Amherst, Pelham and Precinct 1 in Granby, in the Nov. 6 general election.

​​​​​​The forum is sponsored by the Daily Hampshire Gazette, the League of Women Voters of Amherst, Amherst Media and WHMP.

In addition, the Center for Human Development will present a debate of Democratic candidates for the 3rd Hampshire District Seat on Thursday, Aug. 2, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Amherst’s Jones Library in the Woodbury Room.

The debate will feature Domb and Nakajima and focus on human and social services. Tony Maroulis will serve as moderater. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions to the candidates.

“CHD recognizes that open and engaged democracy is a critical element of healthy communities and we are happy to support this forum for voters to hear from those aspiring to office,” Ben Craft, vice president of Community Engagement for CHD, said in announcing the event.

Editor’s note 

In a Campaign Notebook published Monday, the Gazette reported that Natalie Blais, a candidate for the 1st Franklin District seat in the House, participated in a July 12 forum on food justice and health equity at the Shea Theater Arts Center in Turners Falls. The report neglected to name the other six candidates who participated at the forum. They are Kate Albright-Hanna of Huntington, Christine Doktor of Cummington, Jonathan Edwards of Whately, Casey Pease of Worthington, Nathaniel Waring of Sunderland and Francia Wisnewski of Montague. The 1st Franklin District seat is currently held by retiring state Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington.


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