, Salem, MA

November 12, 2012

Letter: Thank you and back to work

The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

As a seemingly endless election cycle finally comes to a close, I want to thank the residents of Salem for their overwhelming support and the privilege of returning to the Statehouse for my fifth term. I am extremely proud of what we — elected officials, businesses, nonprofits, neighborhood groups and citizens alike — have accomplished these past eight years. I am as excited and energized today as I was my first term as we continue the progress of Salem’s rebirth: new court(s), train station and a revitalization of our waterfront!

I want to thank all the campaign volunteers for their efforts and civic engagement. I commend each and every candidate regardless of party willing to put their name on the ballot and try to make a difference. I want to thank our City Clerk Cheryl Lapointe and her tremendous staff; they made Election Day look easy. Thank you to all who worked the polls on Election Day as well — especially in light of the great turnout.

I want to thank my incomparable district staff Lynne Montague and Grace Harrington for their tireless efforts on behalf of all our constituents in Salem.

I want to thank retiring Senator Fred Berry for his invaluable counsel these past eight years. He has been both friend and mentor. He has been an extraordinary partner in all we’ve accomplished here in Salem. Enjoy retirement my friend!

Finally, it would be impossible to do this job without a supportive family. Thank you to my wife, Kara, and our kids, Aidan and Erin, who both volunteered on Election Day for their first time.

It truly is an honor to serve as your representative. I look forward to returning with my new legislative partner, Senator-elect Joan Lovely to make Salem and the commonwealth a better place to live, work, raise a family or start a business.

Thank you Salem!

John D. Keenan

State Representative

7th Essex District