|Posted on August 21, 2012 at 12:50 AM|
A Proven Public Servant, Melvin has served as:
Born 1959, in Springfield, I have lived here all my life. My father, Ralph Edwards, is from St. Mary’s Jamaica and my mother, the late Lillie Mae Barber, was from Lillington North Carolina and my Step father, the late James Barber, was from Maryland. They all came here in late 1950’s looking for employment opportunities, all willing to work to provide for their family.
My mother, an ordained minister and former pastor of the Church of the Living God for 17 years, was a domestic, cleaning people’s homes. My Stepfather worked for the former Uniroyal Tire Company in Chicopee for 31 years. They, along with my father, taught me my work ethic and gave me a moral compass which has lead me to this point today.
In 1980 I enrolled at Westfield State University with the intention of majoring in Political Science. Even then my goal was to run for public office, but life threw me a curve and family obligation intervened. Needing to provide for my own children, I went to work, eventually settling at Monson Developmental Center in Palmer Mass. I worked in transportation and as a Direct Care Supervisor for 21 years… retiring at the first opportunity with less than a full pension but with the goal of seeking public office. Elected to the City Council in 2009 and now with the redrawn senate district, I have an opportunity to serve a wider district, a chance to have a greater contribution to the positive things that government can do for all our community.
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