The Recorder – Gubernatorial candidate Diehl visits Franklin County as part of ‘Berkshires to Boston Tour’
Posted: 05/31/2022 20:52:06
GREENFIELD — The former Eastern Massachusetts state representative, who is currently vying for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, toured Franklin County on Tuesday, stopping at five businesses and the American Legion in Orange to ask potential voters what they want to see from their government.
Before heading to Orange for a meeting, Geoff Diehl stopped by Sandri Inc. at 400 Chapman St. in Greenfield to chat with President and CEO Michael Behn. Diehl runs against Wrentham businessman Chris Doughty in the September 6 primary.
He was joined by fellow Republicans Jeffrey Raymond, who is running for the 2nd Franklin District seat held by Susannah Whipps, and Jeffrey Sossa-Paquette, who is trying to unseat Democrat Jim McGovern in the U.S. House of Representatives. , as well as people involved in their campaigns.
“We’ve been here several times,” Diehl said before leaving for Orange.
“In July 2021, I launched my campaign in Hadley, specifically to send a message that I don’t plan to neglect central or western Massachusetts, and of course we’ve been here multiple times to make sure that the agriculture industry knows that I appreciate them just as much as our fishing industry, just as much as I appreciate the biotechnology that is flourishing in Boston.
The former State Rep. Whitman, serving in Plymouth’s 7th District from 2011 to 2019, was an early supporter of former President Donald Trump. Returning the favor, Trump endorsed Diehl’s candidacy in October.
Diehl’s trips are part of his “Berkshires to Boston Tour,” a way of trying to reach voters from the remote corner of Berkshire County to the densely populated state capital.
Behn told his guests Sandri’s story and spoke about the challenges the energy industry has faced since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He and campaigning politicians have spoken about the changing nature of the field and what they see as well-intentioned but misguided attempts to rely exclusively on renewable energy sources. An abrupt transition to solar and wind power would overload any grid, Behn explained. He added that Sandri plans to start switching to biofuels next year.
Diehl was also due to visit the Whately Diner in Whately, the Bar-Way Farm in Deerfield, the Garden Cinemas in Greenfield and Brad’s Place in Greenfield.
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