Paul Mark is a candidate for the 2nd Berkshire Representative District. We got this release from Paul Mark’s Campaign:
Dalton, MA â€“ July 15, 2010 – Paul Mark, Democratic candidate for stateÂ representative in the Second Berkshire district, has received theÂ endorsement of the Berkshire Central Labor Council.
The Council is a coalition of Berkshire County unions with 45Â representatives from over 25 trade groups. The organization recentlyÂ hosted a forum, and voted to endorse Paul after brief speeches and aÂ question period from each of the candidates who were present.
â€œWe need somebody in the legislature who will be tough and honest, andÂ Paul has those qualities,â€ said Herb Scholtz, a council delegate fromÂ Ironworkers Local 12.
â€œIt is a great honor to receive the endorsement of the BerkshireÂ Central Labor Council,â€ said Paul. â€œThe delegates recognized thatÂ nobody in this race will fight harder to improve the quality of life
for working families in our district and throughout Massachusetts.â€
â€œThe unanimous endorsement of Paul, based on his experience andÂ personal convictions, means that heâ€™s the candidate of choice forÂ organized labor,â€ Jerome F. Moran, a delegate from the UFCW LocalÂ 1459.
The endorsement comes on the heels of Paul receiving the support ofÂ Mass Nurses Association, Teamsters, and UAW, which represent diverseÂ trades including ambulance workers, truck drivers, and graduateÂ students.
Paul has also received a nod from MassAlliance, a coalition composedÂ of 22 progressive groups. The organizationâ€™s member groups includeÂ state chapters of Sierra Club, the National Association of SocialÂ Workers, the National Organization for Women, and the Massachusetts
Teachers Association, among others.
Paul Mark earned several college degrees, including a doctorate and aÂ law degree, while working full-time for the phone company. He commutedÂ from the Berkshires to UMass-Amherst, Northeastern and SuffolkÂ Universities. Now he is running for the seat being vacated by current
Representative Denis Guyer.
The Second Berkshire district includes part of Pittsfield and 21 townsÂ in the central Berkshires, and parts of Franklin and HampshireÂ Counties.
Paul lives in Hancock with his wife Cassandra.