Cites Diana Szynal’s commitment to district

The 1st Hampshire District needs a representative with proven drive, dedication, and experience, and the candidate who can deliver that is Hatfield native Diana Szynal.

I met Szynal over 25 years ago when we were both students at Smith Academy, and we have been friends ever since. I have watched her grow from her first leadership role as the liaison to the Hatfield School Committee when we were in high school, to a two-term Hatfield Select Board member, and, most recently, as the late Rep. Peter Kocot’s district director.

In her 16 years as district director, Szynal has worked tirelessly to ensure that the constituents of the 1st Hampshire District had access to their representative. This is especially important now given the untimely passing of Rep. Kocot. Even while campaigning, Szynal is committed to ensuring that the district maintains the same level of representation we had when Rep. Kocot was alive.

While she could have chosen to take a leave of absence, she stayed on as district director and regularly speaks with other state leaders to make sure that the 1st Hampshire District is not forgotten at the Statehouse. She also interacts with constituents daily to help them solve a multitude of issues. Her top priority is the district, and we would be lucky to have someone that dedicated representing us in Boston.

While her work in itself is important, what makes it truly impressive is that she did it all while raising a family. No matter how busy she is professionally, she always makes time to be engaged in her children’s lives, rarely missing a sporting event or performance. Even on the campaign trail, Szynal remained an active volunteer, going so far as to maintain her years-long commitment to washing the entire Northampton lacrosse team’s uniforms after every game.

I truly don’t know how she does it all, but I do know that she will bring that same level of dedication and commitment to the 1st Hampshire District as state representative. Diana Szynal has my unwavering support, and I am proud to vote for her on Sept. 4.

Anne Day


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