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Farley-Bouvier Wins Special Election
By Joe Durwin & Tammy Daniels,
08:26PM / Tuesday, October 18, 2011
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Tricia Farley-Bouvier was the victor in Tuesday's special election for state representative.

Speaking at the Crowne Plaza shortly after the polls closed, Farley-Bouvier pledged to supporters: "The next year is about you!"

The Democratic nominee fended off three opponents in an election that saw about 6,000 voters go to the polls, or about 24 percent.

Her victory was slight — 92 votes by some counts — considering her strong backing by the current city administration and deploying some big guns, such as ads with Gov. Deval Patrick.

Hot on her heels was Green-Rainbow

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3rd Berkshire Candidates Wrap Up Endorsements
By Joe Durwin,
08:30PM / Monday, October 17, 2011
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield voters in the 3rd Berkshire District will once again go to the polls on Tuesday to choose their next state representative in what has been a passionately contested 4-way race prompted by the resignation of Christopher Esperanzo from the seat this past summer.

As candidates make their final push to get out the vote, individual and organizational supporters have been vocal in announcing their hopes for the winner.

On Sunday, The Berkshire Eagle announced its endorsement of Democratic nominee Tricia Farley-Bouvier for the seat, in contrast to last November when the publication chose not to endorse a candidate in the race between Speranzo, the

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Jester Endorsed as 'Jobs Candidate'
Jester Campaign,
12:31PM / Sunday, October 16, 2011
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mark Jester, Republican candidate for state representative, was endorsed on Friday by New Jobs for Massachusetts, an advocacy group for job creation in Massachusetts. Mike Hruby, president of the group, described Jester as the best jobs candidate.

"As a state representative, we strongly believe that Mark will fight for initiatives that will help grow jobs in Massachusetts. Mark Jester is the pro-jobs candidate," said Hruby.

NJFM conducted a survey of all the candidates running in the special election on Oct. 18 to fill the vacant 3rd District seat. Jester's survey showed that he has the best understanding of how regulations, high taxes and

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Miller Endorsed by Clean Water Action
Miller Campaign,
05:08PM / Tuesday, October 11, 2011
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mark Miller has earned another endorsement in his bid to become state representative for the 3rd Berkshire District in the Oct. 18 special election.

"Clean Water Action is pleased to endorse Mark Miller for the Massachusetts House in the 3rd Berkshire District in the upcoming special election," said CWA Massachusetts Political Director Jeff Knudsen. "We were impressed by his commitment to protecting our drinking water; reducing global warming pollution; promoting clean renewable power and quality green jobs creation; and to replacing toxic chemicals in children's products with safer alternatives. CWA believes that Mark Miller will be a strong

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Malumphy Says Opponent's Anti-Choice Stance Hidden
Malumphy Campaign,
05:32PM / Monday, October 10, 2011
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Independent candidate Pam Malumphy said she is troubled by a letter written by Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman John Walsh.

Following a unity rally for 3rd Berkshire District Democratic nominee, Tricia Farley-Bouvier, Malumphy reached out to Lee Harrison, the chairman of the Berkshire Brigades (the countywide organization for the Democratic Party) to relay that she had learned that their nominee was anti-choice.

Mr. Harrison responded with an email stating, "I guess this response sums it up" and attached a letter written to Massachusetts Democrats by Chairman Walsh.

In the letter, Walsh offered the following:

"Tricia and I don't

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