NORTH ADAMS -- State attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley has given her endorsement to City Councilor Jennifer Breen in her pursuit of a second term.
In an interview Thursday morning, Coakley pointed to Breen's strengths as a prosecutor and her dedication to public safety.
"I'm proud to endorse her," Coakley said. "I've done it before and she's been successful. It's really important to have women who are at the table, helping people in government, specifically making decisions about public safety."
Coakley said Breen applied for the position of assistant district attorney during Coakley's term as Middlesex County District Attorney. Breen was 24 years old, and a recent graduate of Northeastern University.
"She had great grades, good experience," Coakley said. "She was a terrific lawyer, took to the office as I did as a young prosecutor, understanding the job was about public safety and being fair to people."
Coakley said Breen, who now practices family law in her private practice, brings an important perspective to the North Adams City Council.
"I think her experience in [Middlesex County], which was huge and diverse, has given her an experience that a lot of people anywhere don't get," Coakley said.
Breen stated she was running on a platform of public safety and mental health advocacy, adding both are closely linked. Breen currently serves on the council's Public Safety Committee. Breen stressed the city must welcome new businesses to increase the tax base, as well as keep social services in the city.
"I really think we will see a number of our problems dissipate if we're able to get people out of poverty," she said.
This year's election, which takes place Nov. 5, features 12 candidates vying for nine seats on the City Council. Five incumbents, including Breen, are seeking re-election. The mayoral race is between current Mayor Richard J. Alcombright and former city councilor Robert Moulton Jr.
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