Casey is bold, homegrown, and progressive. And most importantly, he has the record and experience to back it up.
As a lifelong resident—and just about the only candidate who’s gone through this district’s public schools—Casey has a local’s understanding of local issues and experience building the community and state-level relationships needed to be an effective representative. Combine that with his youthful energy and progressive vision, and he’s the package deal.
Casey wants our government to reflect the people it represents, and having elected officials who all look alike simply doesn’t cut it. Having worked for years to get more people engaged in our democratic process, he’s proud to be supported by what is by far the most diverse team of staff and volunteers in this race because his campaign is about more than just him or this one house seat. It’s a real opportunity to have an even bigger impact by building a deep bench of progressive women and people of color who can run for office up and down the ballot throughout our state. For the same reason, Casey supports the creation of a paid State House internship program—to open up more opportunities in politics to people of all backgrounds and means.
Casey has the ironclad credentials of a tried and true progressive. He’s built a reputation for being unafraid to stick to his principles, stick up for what’s right, and stick his neck out when it really counts. As you may have noticed from the very limited sample on this page—Casey may be the youngest candidate, but that’s only meant that he’s worked that much harder to prove himself. Now he’s prepared to work harder still to earn your vote so he can join with the allies he’s gained around the region to push our priorities on Beacon Hill.
Casey has earned the respect of local leaders and elected officials across the district, Western Mass, and the state. He truly knows this place and chose to stay in the district and make a life here, even commuting from Shutesbury when he could have moved away for college. He’s lived the everyday life of folks in the district for many times longer than candidates more than twice his age. There are others running in this race that could make great state representatives—what sets Casey apart is that he’s running to make a great state representative for the 1st Franklin District.
But isn’t Casey a bit young?
From serving on his town’s broadband committee to testifying about the need to fix the Chapter 70 funding formula before members of the Joint Committee on Education, Casey’s experience promoting the interests of our 19 towns is extensive. And he’s not alone in getting involved at a young age: Former State Sen. Ben Downing was elected in his mid-20s and chaired the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy as the youngest state senator in Massachusetts. Rep. Jay Healy, Rep. Kulik’s predecessor in the 1st Franklin District, was also elected to the State House in his mid-20s and went on to serve as Massachusetts agriculture commissioner and as the USDA’s Massachusetts state director.
Youth is no obstacle to capable public service, and age is no guarantee of it.