April 6, 2018
Sunderland, Mass. – Today, retired MA State Representative Ellen Story endorsed Natalie Blais, Democratic candidate for the MA First Franklin District.
“It was my honor to serve the people of the 3rd Hampshire District in the Massachusetts State Legislature,” said Story.
“The role of state representative is not an entry-level job. This is particularly true given the recent loss of seniority in the region’s state delegation,” explained Story. “The person best equipped to serve the residents of the First Franklin District will have a progressive agenda coupled with time-tested experience and established relationships on Beacon Hill. That person is Natalie Blais.” Story continued.
“I worked closely with Natalie in her role as legislative aide to U.S. Representatives John Olver and Jim McGovern. I was always impressed by her knowledge of the issues including broadband access, public education, transportation, climate change and social justice. Just as important was her ability to bring a myriad of stakeholders together to identify solutions to the challenge she was working on,” said Story.
“It is clear that Natalie cares deeply about the people and the region in which she lives and works. She is extremely capable and will no doubt ensure that the voices of rural western Massachusetts are heard on Beacon Hill right from the start,” Story continued.
“Ellen fought ferociously for her district on the issues that mattered most to its residents,” said Blais. “She is an extraordinary role model who moved the region forward, particularly on issues of importance to me, including women’s rights, k-12 education and support for our institutions of public higher education.”
“Since I announced my candidacy for the First Franklin District, I have been humbled by the support I have received. Ellen’s endorsement means a great deal to me personally, particularly given her history as the first woman ever elected to that seat and her strong record on social justice issues,” Blais said. “I’ll work hard every day on Beacon Hill to make her proud by being a tenacious advocate for the people of the First Franklin District.”
Blais is running as a Democrat to replace State Representative Steve Kulik, who announced his retirement in February 2018.