, Salem, MA

October 29, 2013

Letter: Salem needs Gachignard's experience

The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

As former members of the Salem School Committee, we are writing to strongly and enthusiastically endorse our colleague, Norene Gachignard, for Salem city councilor at-large.

Norene is a person of intelligence, energy, and common sense. She knows how to advocate for her position, and she also knows how to listen to the views of others and to collaborate. On the school committee from 2000 to 2007, she helped advance policy, budget and personnel issues, as she kept the needs of Salem children first in mind. Her high standards for the district and for herself made a difference in an era when school buildings were upgraded, stronger programs were initiated, and a system-wide improvement plan was aligned with individual schools. We can use her expertise again as our city faces the challenges of business and residential development, the new Footprint power plant, the effects of Salem State University expansion, and so many other important issues.

From personal experience, we know that Norene will show up, she will research issues, she will listen, she will work well with other councilors, she will respond to constituents, and she will vote responsibly based on what is best for Salem.

We encourage voters to watch the candidates’ statements on SATV as well as the candidates’ forum that occurred in September and is shown regularly on SATV.

Margaret Voss Howard

Darleen Melis