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My vote for 2020 City Council President reflects the values and aspirations I have for our city.

Two years ago, I earned several votes for City Council president.

This year, many people asked me if I was again contending for the City Council presidency. I was not.

Click on the video above to hear my full comments.

I happily gave my vote to Councilor McGee based on his performance in two areas that are extremely important for our community:

1. His support for the middle schools project and his ability to demonstrate that he understood the value of education and schools for Holyoke.

Behind the scenes, Councilor McGee worked hard with city council colleagues to get Boston’s attention to increase the MSBA reimbursement rate or securing additional state funding.

2. His follow through on the promise he made to elevate the level of discourse and decorum in Council Chambers.

Councilor McGee has demonstrated that he understand the harm and violence that words can have and its especially important to have this awareness as city leaders modeling civic leadership, community engagement, and our community’s values.

Click here for coverage on the inauguration of the 2020-21 Holyoke City Council

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, center, and council members, background left, join E.N. White School Principal Jacqueline Glasheen and her dual language students in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance during an inaugural ceremony for elected officials held in the Holyoke City Hall auditorium on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020.

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