The Berkshire Courier
DEL GALLO IS READY TO CAMPAIGN AS THE AREA’S PROGRESSIVE OPTION
PITTSFIELD—Rinaldo Del Gallo wants people to know that he’s the real progressive Democrat running for State Senate. Del Gallo is a Pittsfield Attorney specializing in family law.
Del Gallo grew up in the Berkshires. He received his law degree from George Washington University, a well-credentialed law school in Washington, D.C. He got his law degree in intellectual property, but shifted to family law later in his career.
Del Gallo’s uncle was mayor of Pittsfield. Remo Del Gallo served from 1965 to 1968.
The younger Del Gallo is no stranger to politics. He founded the Berkshire Fatherhood Coalition in the early 2000’s. He also led the fight to ban Styrofoam in Pittsfield.
Del Gallo believes he has consistently been on the right side of history on important issues.
He fought for transgendered rights and for the decriminalization of marijuana before these issues were widely supported in the community.
Del Gallo is running on the Bernie Sanders platform, he said in an interview. He supports a $15 minimum wage and tuition-free public college.
Del Gallo cites his environmental positions as key to his appeal. Specifically, he draws a line between his principled stand against the proposed Northeast Energy Direct Tennessee Gas Pipeline and the “me-tooism” of his opponents.
Before Del Gallo entered the race, both Adam Hinds and Andrea Harrington took no official position on the pipeline. Del Gallo believes it was his entry into the race that spurred both to now come and out opposed to the project. Del Gallo is also calling for spending limits in the campaign, although neither of his opponents seem ready to take him up on that.
The Senate seat is being vacated by Ben Downing. Del Gallo called the senator a man with a “keen intellect” and admitted that he though he had doubts about the incumbent’s age when he started in 2006, those doubts disappeared. Del Gallo will face two opponents on September 8.