I am honored and humbled to receive this endorsement from The Rainbow Times:
In Massachusetts, we are fortunate enough to have candidates that are often supportive of the gay community. This year is no different. Mayoral elections for Northampton and Holyoke are particularly important this year. For Northampton, Michael Bardsley takes on David Narkewicz and Alex Morse takes on incumbent Elaine Pluta. Bardsley and Morse are not only gay inclusive and friendly, these two candidates are openly gay men alike. Although Narkewicz is not gay, his candidacy represents one of great commitment to the LGBT community, similar to Bardsley and Morse. I am confident that all of these candidates will work for the betterment of the LGBT community. However, after a great deal of deliberation, The Rainbow Times proudly endorses Michael Bardsley and Alex Morse.
This decision was not taken lightly. In Northampton, it came down to extensive experience in several different sectors of city government as well as a lifetime proven record for dedication to the working class and the LGBT community from an insider’s view--a gay man’s view. We were particularly touched by his words, spoken and via his site. His humble nature may prove to be central to understanding the changing Northampton population (racially and ethnically). A teacher himself, Bardsley understands first-hand the problems arising from a failed educational system. Understanding such a system is crucial to the betterment and sustainability of a strong educational structure, preparing better leaders and competing in a world where others are capitalizing where the U.S. once was doing it. These and others are the reasons we believe Michael Bardsley is that choice.