After a busy first term in office, Adams Hinds officially kicked off his run for re-election, with friends and supporters gathering at Hotel on North last night.

Hinds had large shoes to fill, stepping in after beloved Berkshire native Benjamin Downing, but stayed busy continuing Downing's work on bringing high speed in rural towns throughout the Berkshires, Hampshire and Franklin Counties. Hinds has also been a large proponent of the a Berkshire to NYC rail line, a project which has moved even closer to fruition, with a the recent announcement the pilot line will been in action by 2020.

According to, Hinds spoke to the crowd about three pillars of his over over the first year of his term; Infrastructure, Workforce Development and Education.

The whole objective for the last year has been based on addressing the concerning trends we have in the county — our population decline and the impact it has on municipal budgets and education budgets, and the fact that we often have health outcomes below the rest of the state, educational attainment below the rest of the state
Adams Hinds, via iBerkshires
Hinds also spoke of his work on criminal justice reform, including his efforts to revamp how Massachusetts handles incarcerations and punishment. The bill puts a focus on giving resources to keep those coming out of jail from ending up back in, reform bail, and creates diversion programs for those with mental health and substance abuse programs.
So far, there have been no official announcements on possible opponents for Hinds in the upcoming election.

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