Candidate Forms Women’s Leadership Council
28th July 2008
Nathan Bech, a Republican candidate for Congress, has formed a “Women’s Leadership Council” to advise his campaign on how best to reach out to women voters.
Bech, who is challenging incumbent Democratic Rep. John Olver for the 1st Congressional District seat, said the council includes women of diverse backgrounds from all six counties in the district and will be a sounding board for Bech’s message to women and their families.
On the board, said Bech in a press release, is Tammy Mosher, a Greenfield nurse and the Massachusetts community support coordinator for the Army Integrated Family Support Network. Bech said he is betting that women could be a cornerstone of his plan to win back what had been a Republican seat before Olver’s 17 year tenure.
Olver’s most serious reelection challenge came from a woman in 1996. Former Gov. Jane Swift, the only woman to ever run against Olver, came within 4 percent, said Bech. Swift, who serves as an education adviser to Republican presidential candidate John McCain, provided the first major endorsement to Bech’s campaign.
Bech’s Women’s Leadership Council also includes:
Mary Brittain, a hydrogeologist and owner of the Consolati Farm in Lee;
Paulette Brooks, an Amherst immigration attorney practicing in Fitchburg;
Jeanne Boynton, a Hampden county real estate agent from Holyoke;
Pat Osten,, a retired physicist and financial services expert from Pepperell;
Denise Macaloney, the Westminster town clerk.
“I think women are concerned about the same issues men are; they just may look at them through different eyes. They are worried about filling the minivan with the high price of gas; they are worried about jobs for their children graduating from college with huge debt; and they are worried about a making sure they don’t have to file bankruptcy if they or their spouse gets sick,” said Bech.
The first congressional district has about 402,000 voters, 53 percent of whom are female.