How a Berkshires-born candidate got in the middle of Virginia’s abortion access fight

PITTSFIELD — Ben Litchfield, who was born in Berkshire County 35 years ago, announced in February he was going to run for Virginia’s state Senate. At the time, he highlighted issues like jobs, transportation and education.

That has changed in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. “Instead of being a local race focused on local issues, it has become a national race and a referendum on the movement of the far right to restrict abortion access,” said Litchfield.