As primary draws near, politicians rub elbows with prospective voters in Greenfield

Originally published August 31, 2022 (here)

By Mary Byrne

Greenfield Recorder

GREENFIELD — With just days left before the Sept. 6 state primary, candidates are making their way around the region and including campaign stops in Greenfield.

“We are feeling the momentum just six days out,” attorney general candidate Shannon Liss-Riordan told residents gathered outside Green Fields Market on Wednesday.

Holding a sign in support of Liss-Riordan, resident Al Norman remarked on her history of fighting for employee rights as a labor attorney.

“This resume is incredible,” Norman said.

Liss-Riordan faces Andrea Joy Campbell, a lawyer and former Boston City Council member, in the Democratic primary next week. On Tuesday, Quentin Palfrey, the former assistant attorney general, dropped out of the race and endorsed Campbell. There is one candidate on the ballot for the Republican Party, lawyer James McMahon, who ran for the office unsuccessfully in 2018.

“I’m far and away the most qualified candidate for this job,” Liss-Riordan argued.

The labor attorney from Brookline said she has made a career out of taking on some of the largest corporations and fighting on behalf of their employees.

“(Attorney General) Maura Healy has been a terrific AG,” she told prospective voters. “That’s the type of work I’ve been doing for years. I’m ready to step in and start on day one.”

Liss-Riordan said if elected in the Nov. 8 general election, she plans to establish a green bank and use it to fund environmental justice projects. She also plans to set up more outposts for constituents in need of support and other services, and “to watch out and make sure our laws are being adhered to.”

“The AG is there for everyone across the state,” she said. “It’s important the AG has outposts.”

Liss-Riordan noted she’s comfortable and has experience defending the state when appropriate, while also holding it accountable when necessary.

“I know the state’s actions are not always defensible,” Liss-Riordan said. “They need to be held accountable.”

Precinct 8 City Councilor Doug Mayo joined Liss-Riordan at her stop in Greenfield on Wednesday to voice his support for the candidate.

“Anybody who works for the common working people, I am for,” said Mayo, who has already cast his vote in the Democratic primary. “Shannon has done that, and she’s demonstrated that.”