Ward 3 Springfield City Councilor Melvin A. Edwards has announced that he will seek the State Representative seat for the 10th Hampden District of Massachusetts.
“Today I proudly announce that I will stand as a candidate for State Representative. I am eager to seek an opportunity to continue my service to the citizens of Springfield as a member of the State Legislature” said Edwards of his run.
Councilor Edwards, who is now serving his third term on the Springfield City Council, pledged to continue his steadfast commitment to constituent services and accessibility if elected to the State Legislature, saying “It is my belief that elected officials are responsible first and foremost to their constituents, and in order to serve those constituents one must make themselves available to listen to the voices of those they serve, and to then work hard on their behalf.”
Edwards, a Democrat, points to his decade long involvement in non-profit and service based organizations as proof of his commitment to the community, “My work extends far beyond the City Council” said Edwards. In addition to his City Council position, Edwards serves as President of the Maple High Six Corners Neighborhood Council and the non-profit Keep Springfield Beautiful, as well as the Armory Alliance. Edwards is Vice Chair of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center’s Board of Directors. Additionally, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Springfield Partners for Community Action, HAP Housing, and the Springfield Preservation Trust. Edwards is a member of the Hampden County Sheriff’s “Chess Program,” the Chancellor of UMass Diversity Committee, and the Ward 3 Democratic Committee.
On the Council, Edwards is well known for his support of community organizations and his work related to environmental issues, as well as his leadership in the aftermath of the 2011 Tornado which affected large portions of his City Council ward as well as the 10th Hampden District. Speaking about the coming campaign, Edwards said: “This city is poised for great things and that opportunity will require bold leadership, and collaboration among our Western Massachusetts delegation. I will bring those qualities to the State House. I promise the voters that I will continue to work hard, to listen and to serve the interests of this district and all of Springfield.”
Edwards concluded saying “I respectfully ask for the votes and support of the residents of the 10th Hampden District.”