Story from the Berkshire Eagle
By Haven Orecchio-Egresitz, The Berkshire Eagle
PITTSFIELD — The state’s highest law enforcement official on Monday endorsed attorney Andrea Harrington in the race for Berkshire district attorney.
Attorney General Maura Healey made the announcement during a visit to the Democratic campaign headquarters on North Street in Pittsfield.
“I know that to be effective as a prosecutor’s office you’ve got to be able to see the entire playing field,” Healey told the crowd of more than 30. “I think that Andrea Harrington, both through her legal experience through the years, who she’s chosen to stand with, what she’s chosen to fight for, has demonstrated the right kind of compassion, empathy, transparency, integrity and smarts to run this office and to run this office well.”
Harrington is the Democratic nominee for Berkshire district attorney, successfully beating Paul Caccaviello and attorney Judith Knight in a three-way primary last month. Caccaviello is running a write-in campaign for the general election, saying he wants to give those who didn’t get a chance, or chose not to vote, in the primary the opportunity to do so on Nov. 6.
Harrington was a delegate to the Democratic state convention in 2014 when Healey was running her first campaign.
Healey said she was, in some way, an outsider in that race.
“A lot of people told me at that time to wait my turn,” Healey said. “That it wasn’t my time.”
“I recognized that my work in the courts, representing one case at a time, was not going to have the impact that the community really needed to be transformed and that was when I was really inspired to get involved,” Harrington said. “You planted the seed and I thought `I could do that.'”
Harrington has received the support from Berkshire County’s progressive political figures. Caccaviello supporters say his 30 years in the District Attorney’s Office makes him a better choice than Harrington, who has less in the way of courtroom experience.
At an editorial board meeting at The Eagle on Monday, Healey said she believes Harrington’s vision and ability to form partnerships will be an asset to the office.
“Andrea has courtroom experience, and trial experience, but I think within an office like that it’s our assistant district attorneys, our victim witness advocates, our police investigators that are in the courtrooms day in and day out,” Healey said. “But as the leader of that office, what you need to have is strong leadership ability, managerial ability, and an ability to build and bring forward a team that will come to and execute a plan.”
Caccaviello was appointed by the governor as district attorney last March after the retirement of David F. Capeless.
“I don’t know Mr. Caccaviello; I have not worked with him,” Healey said. “I have worked with Andrea and support her vision for that office, and I think she’ll do a great job as district attorney.”
Healey is in the midst of her own re-election campaign and will face off against Bourne attorney James McMahon in the Nov. 6 election.
Haven Orecchio-Egresitz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, @HavenEagle on Twitter and 413-770-6977.