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Downing to Serve as Chief Surrogate for Coordinated Campaign Effort
01:13PM / Wednesday, June 11, 2014

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Democratic Party has named state Sen. Ben Downing co-chair of the Coordinated Campaign, a crucial post that will serve as the chief surrogate for Democratic efforts throughout the election cycle.

Downing, of Pittsfield, is a rising star in Democratic politics and has represented the Berkshires and portions of Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden counties since 2007.
As chair of Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, Downing’s leadership on clean energy has helped make Massachusetts No. 1 in the nation. According to the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, there are now nearly 80,000 clean energy jobs in Massachusetts,


Gubernatorial Candidate Kayyem Focuses on Future
By Andy McKeever,
01:36PM / Saturday, November 16, 2013

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Juliette Kayyem doesn't do luck. She does preparedness.

After being called on three times to lend her hand to the government in the wake of tragedy, she is trying to get out in front by running for governor to make sure Massachusetts is prepared for the future.

"We need to solve the problems of today and there are many. But, we need to solve the problems in a way that is sustainable in the future," the Democratic candidate said at a meet and greet on Wednesday with the Berkshire Brigades.

Kayyem's career began as a civil rights attorney before she moved into homeland security. She served on the


North Adams & Pittsfield Election 2013 Results
09:08AM / Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Mayor Richard Alcombright was returned to a third term with a margin of 670 votes
over his opponent, former
City Councilor Robert M. Moulton


Tully Upsets Yon In Pittsfield Election
Staff Reports,
10:05PM / Tuesday, November 05, 2013

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Ward 1 Councilor Christine Yon was ousted from her seat Tuesday night after voters went for her challenger Lisa Tully.   Tully defeated Yon in the Ward 1 race by a vote of 565-480. Yon was seeking her third term in the position while this was Tully's first campaign for public office.   "I'm so ready to go it's incredible," Tully said after receiving the news that she won.   Following a preliminary election in which Yon received 166 more votes than her, Tully said she knew the race was a close one and was shocked by the


Alcombright Wins Third Term; Younger Council Elected
By Tammy Daniels & John Durkan,
02:30PM / Tuesday, November 05, 2013

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Mayor Richard Alcombright decisively won a third term on Tuesday night, calling for unity and saying it was "time to move this forward."

Alcombright polled 2,149 votes to challenger Robert M. Moulton Jr.'s 1,479, winning about 60 percent of ballots cast.

This election, even more than Alcombright's 2009 victory, was a changing of the old guard.

Along with returning the mayor to office, voters also swept a new, far younger slate of councilors into City Hall by large margins.

Kate Hanley Merrigan, 34, led the pack with 2,517 votes. The four incumbents running were also returned — Keith Bona,

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