EDWARDS ENDORSED BY CARPENTERS LOCAL 108 - Campaign Press Release

CARPENTERS UNION ENDORSES EDWARDS

(Springfield, Massachusetts August 15, 2014) Councilor Melvin Edwards announced today that the New England Regional Council of Carpenters Local 108 has endorsed his candidacy for State Representative in the Tenth Hampden District.

“I am humbled by the decision of Local 108 to support me in my election campaign,” Edwards said, continuing “I’ve always been a supporter of union jobs, fair wages and fair benefits. As retired members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 93, Palmer, Massachusetts, my wife and I worked hard to provide services to those who cannot provide for themselves, just as all union workers have labored mightily year in and year out to build and rebuild our great nation.

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Edwards Calls for New Approach to Combat Drug Epidemic - The Valley Advocate

New Approach Needed to Combatting Drug Epidemic 

By Springfield City Councilor Melvin Edwards

 

In March, Governor Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency in our Commonwealth in the wake of over 150 deaths as a result of heroin overdoses. Here in Springfield and throughout the Pioneer Valley, the opiate abuse epidemic has been evident. While tragic, these deaths highlight the failure of the nationwide “War on Drugs” and a failure of policy here in Massachusetts. While we have spent decades instituting harsh mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses and countless dollars policing our streets, drug use has continued to rise and the effects in our communities have been detrimental. It is time that we rethink the way in which our judicial system responds to non-violent drug offenders.  

Massachusetts has made headway in recent years with action in the legislature to repeal and scale back mandatory minimum sentencing laws, but we can do better. If we are to solve this problem, it must be with smart policy and new ideas. It is time we began addressing addiction for what it really is, a medical emergency. We must do away with outdated drug sentencing laws, and explore treatment and rehabilitation options for non-violent drug offenders. 

 

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Armory for the Future- Edwards respects the past

When Melvin Edwards was a student at Springfield’s Cathedral Grammar School, he recalls, the institutions near the school—the Central Library, the Quadrangle, the Springfield Armory—“were essentially my playground.” He and his friends would head to the library to do their schoolwork (“I came up before Google and had to master the Dewey Decimal System”) and to the wide, open greens at the Armory to play sports.

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Edwards Enters 10th Hampden Race - The Valley Advocate

Ward 3 City Councilor Melvin Edwards is the latest candidate to join the race to replace state Rep. Cheryl Coakley-Rivera in the 10th Hampden district.

Edwards—whose name has been circulating heavily in the city’s rumor mill as a possible candidate since Coakley-Rivera announced earlier this month that she’s leaving office to take a job as assistant clerk at Hampden Superior Court—made it official yesterday.

In his announcement, Edwards, a Democrat, emphasized the importance of remaining connected to voters, 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.”

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Springfield City Councilor Melvin Edwards announces candidacy for state representative to replace Cheryl Coakley-Rivera in 10th Hampden District - MassLive.com

SPRINGFIELD — Ward 3 City Councilor Melvin Edwards announced his candidacy for state representative in the 10th Hampden District on Wednesday, seeking to replace Rep. Cheryl Coakley-Rivera, D-Springfield. 

Edwards, 54, of 20 Dexter St., in the Maple High-Six Corners area, said he pledges to continue his “steadfast commitment” to constituent services and accessibility if elected to the state Legislature in November.

“I am eager to seek an opportunity to continue my service to the citizens of Springfield as a member of the State Legislature” Edwards said. “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.”

Coakley-Rivera recently announced her resignation, saying she will work as assistant clerk for Hampden County Clerk of Courts Laura Gentile. There will not be a special election to fill her seat.

 

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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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