, Salem, MA

November 2, 2013

Letter: Rand has a 'love of community'

The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

As a resident of Ward 2 in Beverly, I would like to extend my support for Estelle Rand; a graduate of Colgate University and candidate for Ward 2 city councilor. We are fortunate to have a candidate in Estelle Rand who will bring a wealth of energy and commitment to an elected office.

If the adage “all politics are local” is true; then so are the solutions to the many issues facing our Garden City. As the founder and director of the Beverly Farmers Market, Estelle has been initiated into the mechanisms of city governance and has been able to leverage city department relationships to bring the vision of a farmers market to a reality. In addition, Estelle was able to secure state and local grants to implement a food stamp system. Estelle has also secured funding for the Free Market Music Series and to help beautify open space in Beverly. The ability to identify and secure funding needs from state and local resources is a critical skill-set to possess in times of severe municipal, state and federal austerity measures.

Estelle possesses a radiant enthusiasm and love of community which can be illustrated through her active involvement in numerous local city and state committees, including Beverly Main Streets, the Arts and Enrichment Committee at Cove Elementary School and the Federation of Mass Farmers Markets.

Estelle is tethered to the community as a resident of Ward 2, spouse of Jonathan and mother of two children; Miles and Magnolia. Her interest in our ward, city and school system are personal and as a result her politics are local and we as residents of Beverly and Ward 2 are the beneficiaries of that vision and focus. I encourage the citizens of Ward 2 to cast their vote for Estelle Rand on Nov. 5.

Mark A. Silva