Franklin County Sheriff Donelan, Register of Probate John Merrigan and Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan Endorse Democrat Natalie Blais

June 15, 2018                                                                                                            

Sunderland, Mass. - Franklin County Sheriff Chris Donelan, Register of Probate John Merrigan and Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan announced their support for Natalie Blais, Democratic state Representative candidate for the First Franklin District.

“Together, we strongly endorse Natalie Blais’ candidacy for the First Franklin District,” said Donelan, Merrigan and Sullivan. “Natalie was at the table with us the very first day the Opioid Task Force was formed and has been a partner in efforts to prevent opioid addiction and expand access to treatment and recovery. As an example, her assistance in organizing prescription drug take back events was extremely helpful.”

“Working alongside us for the last decade, Natalie Blais has been on the ground supporting investments in re-entry programs, public safety infrastructure and emergency communication technology,” said Donelan. “She is not afraid to roll up her sleeves and work with local, state and federal public safety officials to get the job done.”

“Natalie Blais cares deeply about this region and is fueled by a desire to do what is right,” said Merrigan. “She has the practical experience and political expertise to effectively fight for the people of the First Franklin District at a time when we need a strong champion on Beacon Hill.” 

“You won’t find a more principled person or harder worker than Natalie Blais,” said Sullivan. “She has proven her ability to break down barriers for the betterment of our communities and understands that we are stronger and more effective when we work together.”

“The collective efforts of Sheriff Donelan, Register of Probate Merrigan and D.A. Sullivan have led to transformative change across the region and highlight the good that can come when we work together,” said Blais. “I am truly humbled by their support.”

“If elected, I look forward to continuing to work alongside them and other law enforcement partners to fight addiction and expand treatment options, invest in crime prevention and re-entry programs and ensure that the legislature recognizes the critical resources that are required to allow them to build strong, healthy and connected communities,” said Blais. 

Blais is running in the First Franklin District to replace retiring State Representative Steve Kulik. She has also been endorsed by retired State Representative Ellen Story and Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz.