About Melvin

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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 much of his early career working for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Retardation for a combined 21 years as Psychology Aide at the Belchertown State School and as a Transportation and Direct Care Supervisor 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 continuously re-elected by his constituents. In addition to this service, Councilor Edwards has served for over a decade as the President of the Maple High/Six Corners Neighborhood Council and as the President of Keep Springfield Beautiful, the local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. 

Edwards was 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 local and state government. He took a leadership role in guiding the rebuilding of the devastated Central Street corridor, the restoration of apartments in the Hollywood section and the support of businesses in the South End.

Edwards has been closely involved with development of MGM Springfield, and has taken a leadership role in the enforcement of the Responsible Employer Ordinance which has resulted in numerous construction jobs for city residents, women and minorities.  Edwards has worked to enforce residency clauses in all new labor contracts for city employees, has worked to bring efficiency to the delivery of city services, and has been a good steward of our tax dollars.  These efforts will continue to strengthen our neighborhoods.

 

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