Springfield City Councilor Melvin Edwards Announced Bid for State Representative - Campaign Press Release

SPRINGFIELD CITY COUNCILOR MELVIN EDWARDS ANNOUNCES BID FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE IN 10th HAMPDEN DISTRICT

Pledges to fight for Springfield issues in Boston

For Immediate Release March 26, 2014

SPRINGFIELD - Ward 3 Springfield City Councilor Melvin A. Edwards announced today 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 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 also 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.

“The tornado was a disastrous event for residents across our city and my district. Within hours of the tornado hitting I was walking the district with housing officials to assess the damage. In the confusion of multiple levels of government attempting to provide support, I served as a liaison between the community and those who could provide help and coordinated a calm response to the tragic events which took place.”

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Councilor Edwards immediately began to hold public meetings in the aftermath of the tornado. He pledges the same work ethic and passion when it comes to the issues he will face in the State House.

“Serving as State Representative would be an opportunity I would be honored to fulfill. But with that service will come the need to confront the issues that our district, our city, and our state face. Our next State Representative will bear the responsibility of responding to those issues, and I pledge that if elected I will be a champion for the issues of my constituents. This city is poised for great things and that movement forward will require bold leadership, and collaboration among our Western Massachusetts delegation. I will bring those issues to the State House and I will fight for them on the floor of the House of Representatives. I will not shy away from the decisions that I will face, and I promise the voters that I will continue to work hard, to listen and to make service to others paramount.” said Edwards.

Edwards concluded saying “I respectfully ask for the votes and support of the residents of the 10th Hampden District.

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SPRINGFIELD CITY COUNCILOR MELVIN EDWARDS ANNOUNCES BID FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE IN

10th HAMPDEN DISTRICT

Pledges to fight for Springfield issues in Boston

For Immediate Release March 26, 2014

SPRINGFIELD - Ward 3 Springfield City Councilor Melvin A. Edwards announced today 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 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 also 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.

“The tornado was a disastrous event for residents across our city and my district. Within hours of the tornado hitting I was walking the district with housing officials to assess the damage. In the confusion of multiple levels of government attempting to provide support, I served as a liaison between the community and those who could provide help and coordinated a calm response to the tragic events which took place.”

page1image22216

Councilor Edwards immediately began to hold public meetings in the aftermath of the tornado. He pledges the same work ethic and passion when it comes to the issues he will face in the State House.

“Serving as State Representative would be an opportunity I would be honored to fulfill. But with that service will come the need to confront the issues that our district, our city, and our state face. Our next State Representative will bear the responsibility of responding to those issues, and I pledge that if elected I will be a champion for the issues of my constituents. This city is poised for great things and that movement forward will require bold leadership, and collaboration among our Western Massachusetts delegation. I will bring those issues to the State House and I will fight for them on the floor of the House of Representatives. I will not shy away from the decisions that I will face, and I promise the voters that I will continue to work hard, to listen and to make service to others paramount.” said Edwards.

Edwards concluded saying “I respectfully ask for the votes and support of the residents of the 10th Hampden District.

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