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Letters to the editor

To the editor:

I am so very proud to call Alice Merkl my friend. She is running for Salem city councilor at large. As her neighbor, daily I witness how hard she works to connect with all sides of an issue, to understand and to DO something each day to make this town better for all who live here. I have no doubt she will advocate for the good of the town as a whole balancing all perspectives fairly. She will vote her educated conscience not party line.

Alice is a homeowner and lifelong activist who remains passionate about the Salem community through her volunteer work. In addition to meeting with various groups to explore various sides of hot-button issues, she’s campaigned for automatic voter registration and the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women Advocacy Day, volunteers for Common Cause Massachusetts, working toward integrity in elections and transparency in government, the Salem Food Pantry and Mobile Market, the Backpack Program for school children in need, the Community Life Center, Historic Salem Annual House Tours, and supports organizations such as Salem’s No Place for Hate, Voices Against Injustice, nAGLY, and MoveOn. On the hottest of summer mornings I witness Alice rush out before her numerous meetings and full-time job to get her hands dirty planting protective grass at Collins Cove.

Alice Merkl has deep integrity who believes Salemites deserve elected officials who listen, can see the big picture and work hard toward implementing their best interests as a whole.

SARA MAURNO Salem

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