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Joan Lovely for MA State Senate

So I know most of you don’t live in Salem, Beverly, Danvers, Topsfield or Peabody, MA.  From you, I beg your indulgence while I share with the rest why I am voting for Joan Lovely in the Democratic Primary today.  If you do live in Massachusetts, PLEASE be sure to vote today!!

There are several candidates running to be the Democratic nominee in the race to replace the retiring Senate Majority Leader, Fred Berry.  Before I talk about why Lovely is my choice, I want to take a minute to thank our outgoing Senator.  Senator Berry was, quite simply, one of the hardest working members of the State Senate who always impressed me with his intellectual curiosity and ability to bring people together to do the right thing.  Berry was born with cerebral palsy and has been a steadfast advocate for the rights of the disabled members of our community.  But, he was so much than that one issue.  He was a courageous and steadfast supporter of women’s rights, before many in his party, and wasn’t never afraid to stand up for what he believed in.  Hed was dedicated to support the most vulnerable among us, both through legislation and through rolling up his sleeves to raise money and conduct drives for essential community organizations.  Finally, Berry was a team player who knew how to compromise on issues without compromising his morals.  He will be missed!

But, fortunately, we have a very exciting candidate to replace him.    Joan Lovely has been a City Councilor since 1998 and is one of the few who can match Berry’s addiction to working hard and making a difference.   She has demonstrated, through her career, a dedication to improving the lives of all those in the community and always puts doing what is right ahead of doing what is politically expedient.   But, beyond all of that, what has impressed me most about Councilor Lovely, as I’ve followed the race, is how pragmatic she is.  Unlike many who run for office, both locally and nationally, she isn’t spending her time on grandiose things that we all know will never happen.  Instead, she demonstrates a clear understanding of what is actually realistic and what will actually make a difference.  That ability is rare in politics and is something that truly excites me about Lovely.  While we don’t agree on every issue, I have the confidence that, as Senator, Lovely will go about making decisions in a manner I can trust.  To me that is the most important thing to know about the person representing you and is, ultimately, why I’m so excited to support her.

Please vote today and, if you are in the 2nd Essex District, please vote for Joan Lovely.

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