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Senate write-in candidate receives endorsement from D.A., former mayor

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Jo Comerford is flanked by fmr. Northampton Mayor Clare Higgins [L] and Northwestern D.A. David Sullivan [R] (Western Mass News photo) Jo Comerford is flanked by fmr. Northampton Mayor Clare Higgins [L] and Northwestern D.A. David Sullivan [R] (Western Mass News photo)
NORTHAMPTON, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

In a rare move. a write-in candidate for state senate has been endorsed by a high profile supporter.

Earlier today, Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan and former Northampton Mayor Clare Higgins formally endorsed Democratic write-in candidate Jo Comerford to fill Stan Rosenberg's state senate seat.

Rosenberg's resignation left parts of the Pioneer Valley without representation for the rest of this year and the timing made it difficult for potential candidates to respond.

Comerford will have her work cut out for her.  She's one of three who are write-in candidates. 

One Democrat - Chelsea Kline - filed signatures before the May 1 deadline.

However, none of these other candidates have the backing of a current district attorney.  Today, Sullivan officially announced his endorsement of Comerford.

Currently, parts of Hampshire, Franklin, and Worcester counties - 24 communities in all - have been without a voice on Beacon Hill following Rosenberg's abrupt resignation last month.

Comerford has no political experience, but she does have an array of knowledge in how the government works as the former campaign director for the progressive group called Move On, even running the Western Mass. Food Bank for a time.

Comerford said that today's announcement is big for her, but she knows there's work to be done before the primary on September 4.

"It's part of the democratic process, people speak up for people running for office and by doing that, they're sending a public message that the values they hold, their priorities, they're going to put their faith in me to bring it at the State House," Comerford said.

The other write-in candidates include Northampton City Councilor Ryan O'Donnell, Attorney David Murphy, and Steve Connor, director of the Central Hampshire Veterans’ Office.

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