UPDATE: This post has been updated with links to ongoing coverage of the DA race.
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Three candidates for Berkshire district attorney stated the priorities and goals during a one-hour Q-and-A "debate" hosted by Williams College and organized by the town's League of Women Voters. Approximately 75 people attended. (Read iBerkshires account of July 31 debate in Williamstown).
- All of the DA race coverage by iBerkshires is linked from the bottom of THIS STORY
- WAMC Williamstown event coverage: "Berkshire DA office undertakes reforms mid-campaign"
- Berkshire Eagle, Aug. 2: "DA candidates believe background key for the office"
PHOTOS FROM THE DEBATE:
Your No. 1 priority: Three candidates reply:
What's the goal of the DA's office?
Knight and Harrington reply:
Closing statements by all three candidates:
AUDIO OF THE WHOLE DEBATE PROGRAM:
The three candidates, in alphabetical order, are:
- Paul J. Caccaviello, of Dalton, who graduated from Western New England College of Law in Springfield in 1989 and the former North Adams State College in 1986, has been an assistant Berkshire district attorney ever since. Caccaviello served on the Saint Agnes School Board, was a member of the Dalton Rotary Club and is a trustee of Berkshire Community College. He announced his candidacy in May (AUDIO) in a ceremony which drew a state ethics complaint and a response from Caccaviello.
- Andrea Harrington, an attorney at Conner and Morneau LLP who has been a criminal and civil practice attorney for 15 years. She is a graduate of Taconic High School and is a Richmond School Committee member. She ran for state senate two years ago but lost to Adam Hinds. She earned an undergraduate degree in international relations in the honors program at the University of Washington and received her law degree, cum laude from American University.
- Judith C. Knight, of Lee, served as an assistant district attorney in eastern Massachusetts from 1988 to 1993 and has had a Great Barrington private practice since 2006. Also a certified mediatory, she was an adjunct professor at Western New England School of Law from 1999-2005. She worked in the Colorado public defender's office in Denver in 1987-1988 after receiving her law degree in 1987 from Washington and Lee University in Virginia. She ran and lost to incumbent David Capeless in a 2006 primary bid for DA. She announced her candidacy in May.
Capeless retired earlier this year (AUDIO) and Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, appointed Caccaviello to fill his expired term until November. (See: "A Massachusetts DA tries to crown his successor" by Eoin Higgins, June 26, 2018)
Related: "How Capeless plotted succession plan"(Commonwealth Magazine, May 17, 2018)
The last day to register to vote in the September primary is Aug. 15. The Williamstown meeting of the three candidates was one of several between now and the Sept. 4 primary. Their first faceoff was on May 16.
Past DA debates you can see online:
- The one hosted by Sen. Adam Hinds in Becket on Aug. 14:
Also covered in iBerkshires.com here: https://www.iberkshires.com/
story/58128/Candidates-Double- Down-on-Talking-Points-in-DA- Debate-In-Becket.html
- The Berkshire Brigades/CentralLabor Council sponsored debate at the American Legion:
- The one sponsored by the NAACP:
All three candidates have campaign websites:
- iBerkshires' coverage of Aug. 2 debate in Pittsfield
- WAMC's district attorney coverage page