PITTSFIELD — Maura Healey visited the Democratic Coordinated Headquarters of Pittsfield on North Street to endorse Andrea Harrington for Berkshire County District Attorney.
Healey and Harrington were joined on Monday, October 1, by other Democratic leaders from around the county, such as Mayor Linda Tyer of Pittsfield and Tricia Farley-Bouvier, member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from the 3rd Berkshire District.
Tyer introduced Healey while standing in front of about two dozen supporters. “As you all know the attorney general has been a friend of Pittsfield and the Berkshires,” said Tyer of Healey, “She has worked hard on the opioid crisis, she has been with us when we challenged Eversource and their rate case, she stood with us and still is standing with us on Charter and Spectrum and the challenges we’re facing, big corporations, she stands with us. She really is the attorney for the people. It is my real privilege to be able to welcome Maura Healey to Pittsfield for today’s special announcement.”
“It is my great honor and great privilege to introduce Maura Healey who will have a special announcement for today,” Tyer said. Tyer was inaugurated as Mayor of Pittsfield in January 2016 and is the first mayor to be elected to a four-year term.
Healey addressed supporters of Harrington and her own supporters as she hopes for re-election. “Today I am here in particular for Andrea Harrington, I think about four years ago, and I think about how I was somewhat of an outsider to a race and a lot of people had told me at that time to wait my turn that it wasn’t my time and I’m proud that we were able to get through that, I’m really privileged to have served the last four years and I hope to continue to serve as your attorney general.”
“I think about Andrea Harrington and I think about her run,” explained Healey, “I want you to know I am very proud to be here today to stand with Andrea and her team and her supporters and her family and endorse her. She will be a great district attorney for Berkshire County,” she said.
Healey continued her remarks by explaining her rationale for why Harrington is her choice for district attorney. “I think Andrea Harrington, both through her legal experience through the years, who she’s chosen to stand with, who she has chosen to fight for, has demonstrated that right kind of compassion, empathy, transparency, integrity, and smarts to run this office and to run this office well,” she said, “I know Andrea Harrington will be smart, effective, and a terrific leader for the Berkshire County district attorney’s office.”
Harrington, standing with Tyer, Healey, and Farley-Bouvier, graciously accepted Healey’s endorsement and subsequently made her own statement. “Standing here today with you, attorney general, I am also transported back to 2014,” said Harrington, “it was by 2014 from my work here in the courts, and from growing up here and raising my family here, is when I recognized that this community needed a new approach to the opioid crisis, a new approach to the crime that we’re seeing here in Berkshire County, we needed to do more in terms of prevention, in terms of domestic violence.
For Harrington, her work in the courts and in representing private citizens one case at a time was not enough “to have the impact that this community really needed in order to be transformed,” she said.
While concluding her remarks, the Democratic district attorney candidate asked for her supporters, supporters of both Healey and Farley-Bouvier to go to the polls in November and vote Democratic. Harrington said, “I thank all my supports here and I ask for people to vote for me, to vote for attorney general Healey, and to vote for Representative Farley-Bouvier on November 6th.”
Late last month, Harrington’s opponent from the primaries, Paul Caccaviello, announced his intention to run a write-in campaign. Caccaviello decided this was the right move for him based on the outpouring of support he received after his loss to Harrington in the September 4th primary. The two candidates will square off in the general election in November.