Northampton Gazette: Markey for U.S. Senate
After 37 years in the House of Representatives, Democrat Edward J. Markey won a special election last year to fill the Senate seat vacated when John F. Kerry resigned to become secretary of state. Markey now seeks re-election to a full six-year term against Republican challenger Brian J. Herr.
While Markey does not get the national attention of other recent U.S. senators from Massachusetts — including Elizabeth Warren, Kerry and the late Edward M. Kennedy — he has a long track record as an effective legislator. Markey is regarded as an expert on issues ranging from energy and climate change to telecommunications policy.
Herr’s background is in commercial construction and his government experience is limited to various roles in Hopkinton, including chairing its Select Board.
Markey clearly has the edge in experience and deserves election to a full term in the Senate.