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Serre Will Help Pittsfield in the State House


One of the reasons I like Rhonda Serre is that she is focused on how to help Pittsfield in the State House. The other candidates are more familiar with city-wide politics and look more comfortable talking about city hall politics. In the Eagle today, Rhonda Serre gives a good example of how tie an issue back to Pittsfield, but that needs to be dealt with on the state level:
PITTSFIELD -- Rhonda Serre, Democratic hopeful for the Berkshire 3rd District state representative seat vacated by Peter Larkin, has announced her intention -- if elected -- to file a bill to curb the manufacture of methamphetamine drugs in Massachusetts.

Key ingredients of this highly addictive "club drug" are currently available over the counter in cold medicines, she said in a prepared statement. The bill proposed by Serre would reclassify certain forms of this ingredient as a "schedule 5" drug, available only from pharmacists.

"Enough is enough. Too many families have been devastated, too many young lives have been ruined," said Serre. "Drug abuse hurts the whole community, and we must act as a community to stop these problems before they start. As Pittsfield's elected legislator, I will marshal all the power and resources I can identify for prevention and treatment of substance abuse at every level."
As Pittsfield's Representative, she will be able to influence neighboring Reps because she understands how the region's fortunes are tied to Pittsfield and can articulate that. Here is a letter from Sara Hathaway to the Eagle that expressed that view (emphasis mine):
Pittsfield has an exciting opportunity to start Rhonda Serre, an advocate, leader and savvy policy maker, on her way to Beacon Hill on March 15. Rhonda's public service credentials and her personal integrity are exactly right for the new generation of political leaders we want to nurture in the Berkshires.

Congressman Olver chose Ms. Serre to be his economic development specialist because of her strong insights and advocacy for the needs of this area. Rhonda understands that the success of Pittsfield affects the larger region, and she has handled complex details of infrastructure projects, budget processes and work for existing businesses ranging from major employers to sole proprietors.

Early childhood education has been a longtime passion for Rhonda, who was the first employee of the "Success by Six" Berkshire United Way initiative. She is the only candidate in this race to state her unequivocal opposition to burdening local taxpayers with the cost of charter schools. As a parent and taxpayer, Rhonda will be a strong and informed voice for Pittsfield as she strengthens our K-12 school system and joins the debate over education reform on Beacon Hill.

I have known and worked with Rhonda Serre for many years, and I urge Pittsfield voters to join me in supporting Serre for state Rep. in the March 15 Democratic primary. Rep. Serre will reward our trust with integrity, energy and a passion for Pittsfield's prosperity. (more).

In a race where the candidates agree on the issues presented to them, the challenge is to find the one that knows which issues to fight for, and who will be most effective. I believe Rhonda Serre is that candidate.