March 24, 2022

Jacobs Committee
PO Box 871, North Adams, MA 01247
(413) 414-5678


NORTH ADAMS, MA – Tara Jacobs, a two-term member of the North Adams School Committee and chair of the North Adams Democratic City Committee, has announced today that she will be a candidate for the District 8 Governor’s Council seat in the upcoming 2022 election.

“The diverse voices of the District, now more than ever, need to be brought loudly and clearly to the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, and I intend to make those voices, including ones that have historically been underrepresented, heard in Boston,” says Ms. Jacobs.  “I plan to use my education, experience, and my personal commitment to all the residents of western Massachusetts to bring equity, justice, transparency, and accountability to a process that benefits us all.”

She goes on to cite her experience advocating for education at the state level as a cornerstone of her candidacy.  “There is a great deal of navigation required to bring the unique needs of western Massachusetts to the attention of Beacon Hill.  I have been working to make sure our public schools have had the best opportunities to thrive and improve, and I am eager to expand that work to advocate for the entire District.”

The seat is open after incumbent councilor Mary Hurley (D-Springfield) announced earlier this month that she will not seek re-election.  The Governor’s Council advises the Governor on matters relating to judicial appointments, treasury warrants, pardons and commutations, and a number of other important executive functions.  The 8th Governor’s Council district encompassess all of Berkshire and Franklin counties, most of Hampshire and Hampden counties, and one town in Worcester County.  Ms. Jacobs will appear as a candidate on the Democratic party ballot in the September 6th primary election.

Ms. Jacobs earned her bachelor’s degree at Tufts University and an MBA from New York University.  Before community work became her focus, she was an advertising executive in New York City, Dallas, and Boston.

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