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State Rep. Bud Williams elected to chair Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus

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Members of the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus. State Rep. Bud Williams of Springfield ( 4th from the right) is the newly-elected chair of the caucus

The caucus now has 25 members across both chambers

State Representative Bud Williams of Springfield is the new chair of the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus.

As a result of last year’s elections, the caucus has increased from 17 to 25 members with 4 Senators and 21 Representatives.

Williams said his priorities as chair center on achieving equity for Blacks and Latinos in education, health care, economic opportunity, and housing. He spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.