1st Franklin District House: Kate Albright-Hanna touts skills as organizer, muckraking journalist

Kate Albright-Hanna describes herself as “a muckraking journalist” who’s reported for CNN, Vice and MSNBC and also worked on the 2008 Obama presidential campaign and a 2016 campaign to convince Elizabeth Warren to run for president.

A former New Yorker with a foreign-service bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, she moved to Huntington with her husband and two sons in 2016. Albright-Hanna, 42, says her combination of journalistic skills and experience as a political organizer make her a natural fit for the legislator’s post.

“I understand how to navigate the corridors of power,” she said at a recent candidates forum, “but I also, as somebody who’s had an award-winning journalism career, understand how to hold power accountable.”

Albright-Hanna, who won Emmys for two post-9/11 CNN documentaries, became director of video and new media for Obama for America and the Obama-Biden transition team, and also had a stint at the Department of Health and Human Services. She became deputy campaign manager for Ready For Warren, a campaign to encourage Warren to run for president in 2016.

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In State Legislature races, it’s ‘The Year of the Women’ in Massachusetts

Kate Albright-Hanna says that, like many women, she has often been “the person behind the person.”

She was director of online video for President Barack Obama’s campaign. She also created a documentary about Howard Dean’s presidential campaign, and was deputy campaign manager for an effort to convince U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren to run for president.

But this year Albright-Hanna is the candidate, running for state representative from the 1st Franklin District.


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Western Massachusetts Politics & Insight: To Be (1st) Franklin: Albright-Hanna Has Her Cutaway Shot to Candidate…

To Be (1st) Franklin is a series on the open race for the 1st Franklin House District.

HUNTINGTON—Retirements, resignations and deaths are ushering in a political shift in the 413 from the Vermont border to here in the foothills of the Berkshires. For the 1st Franklin House district, thankfully, the change is not borne of scandal or death. Though after 25 years in office, Stephen Kulik’s departure shall reverberate across the 19 towns he represents.

A mob of candidates has formed, eager to tell Beacon Hill the story of this sprawling district. The first to plunge in was documentarian and filmmaker Kate Albright-Hanna. After a career behind the camera, she is putting her eye for detail to work on her own campaign.

“What I love about this 1st Franklin District is that every town has its own personality,” she said. While each possess a unique character, they all share “a very strong sense of identity and self-reliance.”

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The Greenfield Recorder: Political Notebook, May 5, 2018

Albright-Hanna backed

Democratic Candidate Kate Albright-Hanna has received the endorsement of state Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow, in her bid to fill the 1st Franklin seat of retiring state Rep. Stephen Kulik.

Lesser said, “Since our days working together on the 2008 Obama campaign and into the administration, Kate has shown a clear understanding of how to build coalitions within complex organizations — a political skill that will serve her well as she fights for the people of the 1st Franklin District. I enthusiastically endorse her, and look forward to teaming up with her on projects that will have a big impact on our quality of life — like more rail service, student debt relief, and local economic development. This is a great opportunity for western Massachusetts to send a visionary new leader to Boston.”

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The Valley Advocate: Western Mass Year of the Woman? Election could bring all-female delegation to Hampshire County

Hampshire County has the highest proportion of women of any county in the state, and yet for years has been represented in the Statehouse mostly by men. With the retirement of longtime Amherst Rep. Ellen Story in 2016, this has been especially true.

But this year’s elections could alter that in the extreme. There are credible female candidates running for four of the state House seats representing the bulk of the county, and more than that, they might all win.

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The Westfield News: Huntington resident to run for Rep. Kulik’s seat; Kickoff in Chester announced

HUNTINGTON – Kate Albright-Hanna has announced her candidacy for state representative, 1st Franklin District, the seat held by Rep. Stephen Kulik since 1993. Kulik announced in February that he would not run for a fourteenth term.

Albright-Hanna was the first to file papers for the seat. On Tuesday, she will officially kick off her campaign at The Common Table, 30 Main Street in Chester at 6:30 p.m. The Kate 4 Rep Campaign Kickoff Party will feature an open bar and live music by the Franklin County Sweethearts. No donation is required, and children are welcome.

“I am thrilled to officially launch my campaign for state representative of the 1st Franklin District in the hilltowns — a place that prides itself on being independent and self-reliant, but also opens its arms to newcomers and watches out for its neighbors. It’s a place where every voice counts — and where you don’t have to be part of a big political machine to make a difference,” said Albright-Hanna.

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Daily Hampshire Gazette: Huntington journalist first to seek Kulik’s seat

Friday, February 23, 2018

NORTHAMPTON — An Emmy-award winning journalist who has recently made Huntington her home is making a bid for state representative in the 1st Franklin District.

Kate Albright-Hanna is the first person to file papers to run for the House seat currently held by Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, who recently announced that he would not seek re-election this year after serving since 1993.

“This is the year of regular people running for office,” Albright-Hanna told the Gazette Thursday. “It’s the year when regular people have to step up, and when, in particular, women have to step up.”

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WHMP: Candidate Announces Plans to Run for Kulik State Rep Seat


The first candidate has emerged in the race to succeed retiring First Franklin District State Rep. Steve Kulik. Kate Albright-Hanna of Huntington has filed papers to run for the seat. An Emmy-award winning journalist and political organizer, Albright-Hanna recently relocated to the area with her husband and three children.

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