The nineteen towns of the First Franklin District include some from Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties. As vice chair of the Ways and Means Committee, I’m aware of the efforts of the United Arc based in Turner Falls and other service groups to meet the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities. Their efforts enable many of my constituents to achieve their full potential within community based settings. I understand the diversity of needs facing those with developmental disabilities as well as the challenges of service delivery in more rural settings. I look forward to offering my help and support so that all our residents can benefit.