Christine M. Canning called herself a “pit bull but with lipstick” and a “brand-new tributary” who would refresh the waters of Berkshire politics.
Canning, a Lanesborough Republican, formally announced her advocate the Berkshire-region Senate district at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 448 on Wednesday.
To an audience of lots, the prospect promoted her tirelessness in fighting for equality of opportunity and sensible policy, her substantial education and understanding of foreign languages; experience living in the Middle East and her whistleblowing past.
” I have a vision; I desire to bring jobs,” Canning said. For the last 24 years, we’ve been run by Democrats, and now, we are the 21st poorest county in the United States.
She included, “I will bend over backwards. I don’t give up.”
USA Today reported Berkshire County as the 21st poorest county in the United States in January 2015, based upon average family earnings and the poverty and unemployment rates.
Canning, 46, also pitched herself as a crossover candidate who Democrats could easily choose a “doer,” not a party fan, more concerned with getting things done than political grandstanding.
” I will guarantee you this: I have a lot of integrity, and if I state I’m going to go in and do it, I will do it,” she stated. The reason is, I believe in individuals, and I believe I’m here to serve people.
Canning added, “We have Democrats here this evening.”
Naming legislative committees, she would look for to deal with, Canning determined her areas of proficiency: Ways and Means, the Joint Committee on Education, the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, and the Committee on Ethics and Rules.
Brash and gregarious in design, Canning seemed to fit the part she looks for to play. She spoke up versus a Democratic bill up for consideration by the Joint Committee on Transportation, looking for to grant prohibited immigrants Massachusetts motorist’s licenses, possibly opening these people as much as other state services.
Canning stated it needs to not be passed when many veterans remain homeless and in need of services.
State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, D-Pittsfield, and state Sen. Patricia Jehlen, D-Somerville, filed the costs.
Peter C. Giftos, former executive director of Berkshire County Republican Association, who attended the statement, called Canning “virtually too great to be real.”
” She has that unusual gumption that I like to see in the political process,” Giftos stated. “What I like about her, is if she sees something incorrect, she’ll go after it like a tiger.”
Canning, a former Taconic High School instructor, pursued Pittsfield Public Schools on racial discrimination problems and later on did the exact same in Holyoke schools.
The issues continue,” Canning stated. “You cannot reject individual’s opportunity.”
In her profession, Canning taught in colleges in the United Arab Emirates and Dubai for 14 years.
Exactly what she termed runaway corruption and nepotism in Massachusetts from small towns to state federal government would also be a focus, Canning said.
Canning is CEO of New England Global Network, LLC, an education consulting firm, and develops curriculum and academic training manuals, books and other products, often under state or federal agreements, consisting of for the State Department including foreign nations.
Canning’s late other half Douglas Wilson passed away of leukemia in 2003. Canning is raising the couple’s 2 children.
Giftos likewise determined Canning as “one of those rare Republicans” who can win in liberal Massachusetts, because of her personality, emphasis on accomplishing things and focus on corruption.
” We’ve had one-party federal government in Massachusetts for so damn long, that’s where the corruption comes from,” Giftos said. “If you look at the history of the country, you discover that every state that had one-party government has gone bananas, has gone bad.”
Canning holds an English degree from UMass and a masters from West Virginia University in foreign language and linguistics. She likewise studied at the University of Cambridge, England, Oxford University, England, and Salzburg College in Austria.
Those announcing their candidateship for the Democratic nomination for the Senate seat possibly to end up being Canning’s challenger in November consist of Adam Hinds and Rinaldo Del Gallo of Pittsfield and Andrea Harrington of Richmond.
The 3 could face of in a main election in September.