iBerkshire’s Andy McKeever wrote an incredibly detailed piece on the amazing journey that was this race for district attorney that culminated November 6th with a landslide victory by Andrea Harrington.
Here is the text below.
The Twists and Turns of the District Attorney’s Race
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It was Thursday, March 1, 2018, when the body of a woman was found in a nearby wooded area. Hours later, District Attorney David Capeless sent a notice to media outlets that he had a “major announcement.”
“I’m a supporter of them. If somebody comes in and they are afflicted with an addiction, which I consider is a disease and as a disease needs to be treated, the diversion programs give us that opportunity,” Caccaviello said.
“If there is a mental health component, diversion programs will give us an opportunity to deal with that. There are also provisions for veterans.”
Perhaps Harrington had learned from the Senate race that playing from behind is difficult. In that race, Adam Hinds had built strong early support and Harrington faced an uphill battle. This time, Harrington had come out fast and furious. She was aggressive and built a strong campaign team. She appeared to be running away with the race.
The frustrations between the camps began to play out again in public.
City Councilor Melissa Mazzeo levied allegations that Harrington had threatened her politically. Arguments between supporters of both candidates broke out on social media.
Some of Caccaviello’s supporters had posted offensive of messages on Facebook and Caccaviello himself had to step in to try to tone it down.
The criticism of Caccaviello’s handling of sexual assault on campus came at the same time as other reports about a murder conviction that had been overturned.
The numbers for most of the largest districts were in and Harrington held a 5,700 vote lead. Clairmont was ready to call it and did. To a room full of cheers, Clairmont confidently said there was no way Caccaviello could make up those votes.