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April 4, 2013

New Peabody state rep prepares to take office

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“I stand by my message that we don’t need any increases,” Cole said yesterday. “That’s what I would hope to fight. ... My message resonated with the people. ... More accountability — that’s what people want.”

In the moments after her surprise victory, Cole said she heard from a number of people, including former GOP gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker of Swampscott. Others may have had trouble reaching her, as the missed calls piled up on her cellphone. Moreover, she avoids answering the phone while working — and she worked yesterday.

School board member Beverley Ann Griffin Dunne, who narrowly lost the election to Cole, did not call. Rather, she appeared in person during Tuesday’s victory celebration at Champions Pub.

“Beverley was very nice,” Cole said. “She’s a wonderful person, a very classy person.”

Cole reported that her boyfriend was delighted with the victory, but she declined to go into detail. Conceding that she is now a public person, she explained, “My boyfriend didn’t run for office.”

In a press release, Cole’s campaign advised residents that she can be reached at LeahColeCampaign@gmail.com, www.coleforpeabody.com or 774-573-3439.

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