Springfield City Councilor Melvin Edwards is a lifelong resident of the City of Springfield. Born in 1959, Councilor Edwards attended the former Springfield Technical High School, and later Westfield State University. He spent his early career as a Transportation and Direct Care Supervisor for 21 years at the Monson Developmental Center before entering public service.
In 2008 Councilor Edwards won the historic election to become the first City Councilor from Ward 3 in over fifty years. Since then, the Councilor has been re-elected twice by his constituents both in 2011 and 2013, for a total of three terms on the Springfield City Council. Councilor Edwards has served in public service for over a decade as the President of the Maple High/Six Corners Neighborhood Council and as the President of Keep Springfield Beautiful, the famed Springfield non-profit and environmental stewardship organization.
Councilor Edwards has spent his career on the City Council fighting for constituents in Ward 3 and across Springfield. Edwards was a leader in the the successful fight to revoke permits for a proposed biomass incinerator, a massive burning operation that would have polluted the air of our city and jeopardized the health of hundreds of thousands of children and seniors in the Pioneer Valley.
Edwards was also on the ground during the 2011 tornado, which ripped through his City Council district destroying scores of homes and businesses. In the wake of the storm, Edwards was walking the district with officials to assist residents and assess the damage. Edwards was the first official to hold public meetings to assist residents, and was actively involved in the coordinated response of the local and state government. Edwards remains an active voice in reconstruction efforts.
Councilor Edwards also serves as President of the Armory Alliance, the Vice Chair of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center Board of Directors, and on the Board of Directors for the Springfield Preservation Trust, Springfield Partners for Community Action, HAP Housing, as well as the UMASS Chancellors Diversity Committee. He is a member of the Democratic Party and the Ward 3 Democratic Committee.
Councilor Edwards is married to his wife, Suzanne Edwards. They reside in the Six Corners Neighborhood with their three dogs, Ricky, Kobe, and Roscoe. Together they have six children, thirteen grandchildren, and one great grandchild.
On March 26, 2014 Councilor Edwards announced he would seek the State Representative seat of the 10th Hampden District.