Source: Greenfield Recorder

July 26, 2010

Second Berkshire District House candidate Paul Mark has received the
endorsement of the Service Employees International Union 509, which
represents 11,000 human service workers.

“SEIU Local 509 is proud to endorse a candidate with the labor
credentials of Paul Mark,” said union member Brian Morrison. “With
Paul in the Legislature, we are confident that the issues affecting
working families and the middle class will get the attention and
support they deserve.”

“SEIU 509 organizes in line with my campaign message, that our state
government has a serious responsibility to truly accountable and
responsive to people’s needs,” said the candidate, a lawyer from
Hancock. “That means caring for the elderly and people who are most
at-risk in our society. I have sincerely vowed to take on this crucial
task.”

Mark was also endorsed by the 100,000-member Massachusetts Teachers Association.

“Paul Mark will be an energetic and enthusiastic supporter of students
and public education in the Legislature,” said MTA President Paul
Toner. “As a graduate of our public schools and UMass, he knows the
value of a great education. He has seen firsthand how investing in
students pays big dividends when they enter the work force, and he
understands the impact that our schools and colleges have on our
economy and our state’s chances for success in the future.”

“The decisions to be made next year regarding the budget and education
priorities are going to be very tough,” Mark said.

Mark, who is one of three Democrats competing in the Sept. 14 primary
for the seat being vacated by Rep. Denis Guyer, D-Dalton.

Mark has also received support from the Berkshire Central Labor
Council, the endorsement of diverse trade groups and MassAlliance, a
coalition of 22 progressive groups including state chapters of Sierra
Club, MassEquality and Progressive Democrats.