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October 25, 2013

Letter: Cox is the hands-on councilor residents need

To the editor:

I am writing to offer a resounding endorsement of Melissa Cox for re-election as Ward 2 councilor.

My perspective comes from a professional relationship working on many downtown initiatives with the councilor in my role as a PR person for local small businesses and as a resident of Ward 2 itself.

As a community-committed citizen and a mother and wife living in Gloucester, I am involved in so many of the local arts, charity, green and holiday events that occur in Gloucester’s downtown in the course of the year.

I can honestly say I cannot think of one of these events that Melissa has not been a working, integral, delightful contributor to in her time as a Gloucester resident and more so now as a ward councilor.

From Block Party to Middle Street Walk, YMCA, Cape Ann Museum of Citywide Arts Festival, emergency outreach, resource awareness initiatives and pretty much everything else we have going on downtown, Councilor Cox misses nothing. And she is not just as a photo op seizer, but a true “maker of it happening.”

On any given day, Melissa can be found in the Burnham’s Field gardens or at the side of any one of the community organizers with her sleeves rolled up and a legitimate “joie de vivre” to be in the thick of it for her community.

As a resident of the ward, I also have first-hand experience with Melissa as a public servant and a resource for her neighborhood, which is likely the toughest from the point of view of density, economy and diversity, never mind traffic!

With an ongoing and growing problem of transient loitering in our neighborhood as the result of the Grace Center being welcomed into the west end, we as neighbors had a very real concern.

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