Baker Withdraws from First Franklin Race - Endorses Natalie Blais for State Representative

Sunderland, Mass. – Democrat Andrew Baker has withdrawn his candidacy for State Representative (First Franklin District) and thrown his support behind Natalie Blais.

In a July 4, 2018, statement, Baker stated, “After serious consideration and consultation with my family, I have decided to end my campaign for state representative.”

“After participating in the five candidate forums held to date, I’ve seen all the candidates up close and have concluded that Natalie Blais offers the best fit to represent the First Franklin District at this time. She has strong qualifications and is putting together a strong campaign,” said Baker. “And if the voters agree, they will have the added benefit of increasing the number of women serving in the State Legislature.”

“I am extremely thankful for Andrew’s support and grateful for his years of public service to our region,” said Blais. “I look forward to continuing to work alongside him and his supporters to build strong, healthy, connected communities across the MA First Franklin District,” said Blais.

Baker stated that he intends to focus on “Serving the people of Shelburne as a Selectboard member. There is a lot of work to do on our town highway, library, energy efficiency and village improvement projects.”

“If elected State Representative, I commit to working collaboratively with local Selectboards to identify ways to advance community projects such as the infrastructure investments Andrew has identified as priorities for Shelburne,” Blais continued.

Blais is running in the First Franklin District to replace retiring State Representative Steve Kulik. She has also been endorsed by retired U.S. Representative John W. Olver, State Representative Ellen Story, Franklin County Sheriff Chris Donelan, Register of Probate John Merrigan, Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan and Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz.