Berkshire County Sheriff To Retire

(We interrupt this wicked intense Senate race to bring you something hyperlocal. (HEH) – promoted by Garrett Quinn)

It appears that long time (Since 1978) Berkshire County Sheriff Carmen C. Massimiano Jr. will not stand for re-election in 2010, and a boat load of Berkshire Democrats are already running for the seat.

Massimiano Pulls Out of Race

PITTSFIELD – Berkshire County Sheriff Carmen C. Massimiano Jr. announced Thursday that he’s withdrawing from the sheriff’s race because of ” ongoing health issues” involving him and his wife.

The announcement, via press release, came four days after The Eagle ran a story in which Massimiano, 65, said he would seek re-election in November.

More After the Fold

Already two names have thrown their hats in to the ring, including Pittsfield Police Detective Thomas N. Bowler, and State Representative Daniel Bosley (D-North Adams). Also looking at the race include Southern Berkshire District Court Probation Chief Alfred E. “Alf” Barbalunga, and Green Party Candidate J.D. Herbert of Pittfield. (Imagine that, a Green Party Sheriff?)

This will also mean that there will be an Open Seat for Bosley’s 2nd Berkshire State Reprentative District. However, the 2nd Berkshire Distirct is also one of the most Liberal State Representative districts in the state, with Obama having taken close to 76% of the vote in 2008 in the district.

Hopefully the GOP will be able to find candidates for these tough races…

Berkshire County 2008

Barack Obama (D) 49,558 (74.98%)

John McCain (R) 14,876 (22.50%)

Other (I) 1696 (2.52%)

2nd Berkshire State Representative District

Barack Obama (D) 12,753 (75.43%)

John McCain (R) 3,793 (22.44%)

Other (I) 390 (2.13%)

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