District Attorney Andrea Harrington is organizing a campaign. If she runs, she will have competition | Local news
PITTSFIELD – As the District Attorney’s election draws near, the field of candidates appears to be in the early stages of training – and incumbent Andrea Harrington is in the process of recruiting.
According to an online job posting published late last month, the Harrington for District Attorney campaign was looking for a policy and communications specialist to lead social media, outreach and more.
She also made payments of $ 4,000 to $ 5,000 to political advisers Emily Kaufman and Adam Webster, the latter being the spokesperson for Harrington for District Attorney.
Payments ranging from several hundred to several thousand dollars were also made over the summer to The Chick Montana Group and DLM Strategies, firms specializing in campaign finance, according to the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance.
But, despite his call to staff and recent campaign spending, Harrington has not officially announced his candidacy for re-election. His first term ends at the end of 2022.
âDA Harrington is focused on the work of the DA office and continues to work to ensure the safety and health of residents of Berkshire County. This is what she did as DA and what she will continue to do. This will continue to be at the center of his tenure as district attorney, âWebster told The Eagle on Wednesday. “She will make an official announcement in the spring.”
Although Harrington appears to be the only person registered to run in next year’s election for Berkshire District Attorney, she is not the only person expected to make an offer. Defense lawyer and former prosecutor Robert Sullivan said he is running for the post and plans to formalize his campaign with the OCPF by the end of the week, along with lawyer for the defense Shannon Plumb as treasurer. He plans to hold an official campaign launch event early next year.
Sullivan served as a district attorney under former Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless. He had previously called for Harrington’s resignation, following the DA’s unsuccessful attempt to overthrow a district court judge, a move which has come under heavy criticism from groups of lawyers statewide.
He said he would run as an unregistered candidate, meaning he would not be affiliated with either the Democratic or Republican parties, saying that although the post is elected, “the goals of the job should be apolitical “.
âBetween my experience in the office and working across the aisle with them, it became very clear that leaders are not doing what they should be doing, and I think that has a big impact on the community, âSullivan said.
Defense lawyer Judith Knight said on Wednesday she too is considering running for district attorney and expects to make a decision one way or the other by the end of the day. January or early February. She ran for office in 2018 and finished third in the Democratic primary.
“I am in the process of forming an exploratory committee to consider re-running as district attorney,” she told The Eagle. âI’m super excited; I’m really getting an overwhelming response so far.
Harrington was elected DA on a progressive platform in 2018, after an unusually controversial campaign for the office in which she defeated incumbent Paul Caccaviello in the Democratic primary.
Typically, the Democratic winner sailed straight to office, but Caccaviello staged a campaign in writing, which Harrington emerged victorious from.