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Amazing Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester community!

This is it! The last campaign blog post in this series. The next time I post will be in the new year as your State Senator.

My last blog ended with October 27, 2018, so I’m picking up from there to let you know what I’ve been up to on our behalf. I’ve loved this work to ensure that constituents in our district have visibility into my preparation to take office.

What this won’t show you are:

  • the many calls I’m having with colleagues about the next session and building a Senate team,
  • the work I’m doing to build a strategic legislative platform for our district, and
  • my efforts to find a physical office location,
  • and all of the planning and preparation for events.

It also won’t show you the modest amount of case work I’m doing to help pick up individual advocacy that’s needed in the district.

But here goes:

October 28: Offered remarks at an FCCPR summit in Montague

October 29: Spoke at Paul Newlin’s Smith class

October 29: Attended a vigil and service to mourn the tragic mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue

October 30: Visited the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission for a briefing on the incredible work happening in Hamsphire and Hampden counties

October 31: Attended a briefing hosted by North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens

November 2: Met with the amazing team from Franklin Regional Council of Governments

November 3: Attended a benefit for the Northampton Survival Center

November 4: Met with Senator Adam Hinds

November 4: Hosted a phone bank for Antonio Delgado

November 4: Met with a group of Mount Holyoke College Democrats

November 5: Toured the Academy of Music to learn more about its vision for the future

November 5: Toured Service Net programs in Greenfield, met with Greenfield Public Library supporters

November 6: Election Day!

November 7: Met with the GCC President, Yves Salomon-Fernández

November 8: Dance class for the Pathlight benefit! (The picture above is with two fellow dancers!)

November 13: Spoke at the Annual NPP dinner

November 13: Attended a Northampton City Council hearing about a proposed change regarding tenants on the Northampton Housing Authority board

November 14: Attended a briefing on education funding in Gill Montague

November 15: Attended a briefing by CISA

November 16: Attended a housing summit organized by the WMA Network to End Homelessness

November 17: Jared (from our team) attended Greening Greenfield

November 17: I performed with my team Solid Gold at the Let’s Dance fundraiser for Pathlight

November 18: I held community meetings in Royalston, Leverett, and Wendell

November 19: Attended a briefing by Dairy Farmers, nursery growers, and snow mobilers

November 20: Joined Day 2 of Monte’s March and an incredible team

November 26: In Boston for a host of meetings!

November 27: Spoke at the UMass class of Professor Raymond LaRaja

November 27: Spoke at the South Hadley Select Board meeting

November 29: Met with Register of Deeds, Mary Olberding

November 29: Met with the staff of Jim McGovern and Senators Warren and Markey

November 29: Attended an annual gathering of the Franklin County Selectboard Association

December 2: Participated in the Hot Chocolate Run

December 2: Attended the swearing in of the new Amherst Town Council

December 4: With CDH President Joanne Marquesee, convened a meeting to address the nursing shortage

December 4: Attended a meeting focused on economic development with GCC President Yves Salomon-Fernández and Senators Lesser and Hinds

December 4: Met with the Massachusetts Nursing Association

December 5: Spoke to a Five College Learning in Retirement Class at Smith College thanks to Nancy Mihevic

December 5: Spoke on a panel at the Hitchcock Center

December 6: All day Democratic caucus retreat with Senate colleagues

December 7: Attended a Legal Aid luncheon

December 8: Spoke at a Franklin County League of Women Voters event in Shelburn

December 9: Spoke at the Annual Human Rights Day event hosting in Amherst by Amherst Amnesty International

December 10: Toured Northampton High School along with Education Commissioner Riley

December 11: Brought Senate President Karen Spilka to the region for a packed day of events, ending with a Springifield fundraiser

December 12-14: Attended a Legislative Academy for new legislators

December 15: Attended a Friends of Leverett Pond gathering

December 17: Met with Max Page from the MTA

December 17: Attended a briefing by Franklin County MassHigher about workforce development

December 17: Attended a briefing by regional veterans groups

December 17: Joined a call with the Senate Progressive Caucus

December 18: Toured the Carpenters’ Union Training Facility

December 18: Attended an environmental hearing in the State House

December 18: Attended the kick off of Fund Our Future

December 19: At the State House for meetings and calls with SP Spilka, Senator Jason Lewis and others, followed by a briefing by MA Architects

And that takes us to today!

Warmest wishes for a bright and just new year.


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