Friday, February 18, 2005

Mass: Write-in campaign begins Del Gallo pursues ballot alternative

Excerpts below, full article at the Berkshire Eagle

Write-in campaign begins Del Gallo pursues ballot alternative
By D.R. Bahlman Berkshire Eagle Staff dbahlman@berkshireeagle.com
Friday, February 18, 2005 -

PITTSFIELD -- Rinaldo Del Gallo III will run a write-in campaign for the Democratic nomination to run for the 3rd Berkshire District seat in the state Legislature.

Del Gallo, of Nancy Avenue, will compete in the March 15 primary against Democrats Pam Malumphy, Rhonda Serre and Christopher Speranzo. The winner of that contest will appear on the Democratic line of ballots in a special election scheduled for April 12.

Last year, Del Gallo, a fathers' rights advocate, was blocked from the ballot when he tried to run for Governor's Council -- the elected, statewide body that appoints judges -- because he changed from Democrat to Republican within the 90 days leading up the election.

Del Gallo has scheduled an organizational meeting for his campaign for Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in Dining Room A at Berkshire Medical Center. The meeting is open to the public.

In a prepared statement, Del Gallo said he is "running on a platform of "universal health care, universal education and universal employment."

Del Gallo, 42, a Pittsfield native, has a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University and a law degree from George Washington University. The father of a young son, he is divorced.

"I have experience in engineering, technical sales, patent and family law," he wrote. "I am spokesperson of the Berkshire Fatherhood Coalition. Last fall, I put a [nonbinding] shared parenting question on the ballot that won 78 percent approval in Berkshire County."

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