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Tuesday, July 31, 2018 12:00 AM

Edwards seeks full funding for special ed

Jonathan Edwards, one of seven Democrats vying for the 1st Franklin District House seat in the Sept. 4 primary, repeated his call this week for full state funding of special education, citing a recent study by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center.

The report concludes that the state has been shortchanging public education by over $1 billion a year for special education as well as $1.5 billion in health insurance benefits.

Thursday, July 19, 2018 12:00 AM

Edwards wants job development executive for western Mass.

Whately 1st Franklin candidate Jonathan Edwards wants a state economic development executive’s position to be created for western Massachusetts as part of “Rural Jobs” legislation now before the State House.

Edwards, one of seven hopefuls seeking the 1st Franklin House District seat being vacated by Rep. Stephen Kulik of Worthington, believes a permanent assistant secretary’s position should be created as part of the bill recently introduced by Kulik and Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, and said he would encourage its immediate adoption.

“The creativity and innovation demonstrated … (by Hinds and Kulik in the bill) “is the type of work I intend to continue to expand upon if I am elected,” said Edwards in a written statement. “To maximize this policy and to ensure that new investment dollars are met with critical public/private partnerships and advocacy for job growth in our region, we must also create the permanent position.”

Friday, June 22, 2018 12:00 AM

Edwards in favor of Omnibus Energy Bill

Jonathan Edwards, 1st Franklin state representative district candidate, said this week he would strongly favor the House of Representatives to pass the Omnibus Energy Bill that passed unanimously in the Senate recently.

The Whately selectman, one of eight Democrats in the Sept. 4 primary seeking the seat being vacated by Rep. Stephen Kulik, said he encourages the House to “quickly follow the lead of the Senate and pass this bill so that Massachusetts can maintain its leadership role with clean energy and energy efficiency.”

“If this remains unpassed in January of 2019 and I am the elected representative from the 1st Franklin District, I will make it one of my top priorities to work with my new colleagues to make this bill a reality,” said Edwards, citing several parts of the Senate bill “that would make for strong public policy in our battle against climate change and the ongoing work to create a stronger economy across our region.”

Sunday, May 27, 2018 12:00 AM

South County EMS Finally in its New Home

SOUTH DEERFIELD — South County EMS has a new location on Greenfield Road and they’re calling it something they long desired — home.

The 88 Greenfield Road home base opened Saturday, culminating a roughly four-year process to find a permanent location for the regional medical services provider, according to South County EMS Director Zachary Smith. The building was built by Deerfield Academy and will be the central location from which EMS personnel will respond to emergencies in Deerfield, Whately and Sunderland.

Friday, May 25, 2018 12:00 AM

First Franklin: Eight Dems Look for an Edge in Crowded Field

Edwards, who’s been a Whately selectman for 14 years and the president of the Franklin County Selectboard Association for six years, believes that experience — along with his years as a coach and president of a youth baseball league — gives him an edge, although he’s also making the rounds of the 19-town district.

Friday, May 25, 2018 12:00 AM

First Franklin Dems Debate Climate Change & Energy Policy

The eight Democrats running for the 1st Franklin District post being vacated by 25-year incumbent Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, agreed virtually all of the time on a range of environmental and energy questions in a two-hour session Wednesday night sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Franklin County and Climate Action Now.

“Net metering caps limit our ability to fight climate change,” Edwards said. He said having the Legislature increase them should be a top priority in boosting renewable energy. He also said the state’s renewable portfolio standards, requiring utilities to boost their generation using renewable sources by 1 percent a year, should be increased to at least 2 or 2.5 percent, and that the state needs to “absolutely move toward a carbon tax,” which could pay for needed battery storage.

Thursday, April 26, 2018 1:46 PM

Edwards Supports Local Economy at Whately Town Meeting

At the Whately Town Meeting this past Tuesday, April 24, 2018, I was proud to stand with small businesses and economic development in Whately through my continued encouragement of expanded opportunities for Hitchcock Brewing Company and the craft brew industry as a whole. 

The following was in the Greenfield Recorder of Wednesday, April 25, 2018.


Selectboard member Jonathan Edwards, who is running for state representative, asserted the town should support Hitchcock, saying, “It’s people wanting to take advantage of the rural agricultural flavor that this town is known for.”

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 8:51 AM

Edwards Endorsed by Area Local Officials


Monday, April 16, 2018 12:00 AM

Edwards Shares Message with Sunderland Democrats

From the Daily Hampshire Gazette

Whately Select Board member Jonathan Edwards talked about the relationships he has built in his 14 years on the Select Board in his town, during which time he also helped to create South County Emergency Medical Services, a unique regional paramedic-level service.

Edwards noted that the creation of the service highlighted his abilities.

“I know how to succeed in this region because it is working with everyone,” he said.

Edwards also said that he supports environmentally clean technology, and said combatting climate change has been his focus for several years.

“Climate change is generationally a disaster,” he said. “But also the greatest jobs creator we have in this region.”

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 12:00 AM

Whately selectman joins 1st Franklin race

WHATELY — Touting 14 years of experience in local government, Whately Selectman Jonathan Edwards announced Wednesday his candidacy as a Democrat in the race for retiring state Rep. Stephen Kulik’s seat covering the 1st Franklin District.

Someone with my experience is in the best position to make this region shine going forward,” Edwards said. Expanding economic growth in the 19-town region’s agricultural and educational industries, clean energy technology and precision manufacturing are challenges he’d like to tackle.

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