On the other hand, Jarrod Hochman, chairman of the Republican City Committee, said, “She’s done a phenomenal job.” She brings something that a Democrat would not, he said. “Her stand as far as reducing taxes is something she ran on and something she has advocated since being elected.”
Cole continues to work as a licensed practical nurse a few days a week and says it helps in understanding issues like health care. Ironically, one of the youngest House members is on the Elder Affairs Committee. Moreover, the people who approach a representative with problems are often the same types she sees as a nurse. Her maiden speech supported an amendment calling for ways to reuse certain medical devices, such as crutches and wheelchairs. It was adopted.
Looking ahead, she is optimistic that Peabody voters will appreciate her efforts.
“I’ve done what I said I would do,” she said.
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