A hard-working and dedicated state rep.

To the editor:

Pittsfield needs Tricia Farley-Bouvier to keep doing what she is doing for our city, our neighborhoods and our future. Her indefatigable, optimistic commitment to our city is matched only by her tireless determination to make things happen.

As new downtown residents in 2008, our paths crossed and I am so glad they did! Tricia is one of the most talented, hard-working, caring leaders of this city's revitalization. Her advice and support as a member of the Gateway Cities Caucus has been invaluable to help establish and gain progress on the Tyler Street District Transformative Development Initiative (TDI). Those of us involved in the initiative seek her advice and counsel often.

Her breadth of knowledge, willingness to listen to both sides of an issue, find common ground and win-win solutions has placed our city in a stronger position on Capital Hill in Boston. Because Tricia knows "State government happens right here, in our community."

From education to the environment, child welfare to charter schools, equal rights to gas leaks, mental health and substance abuse, and more, Tricia is here working for us, with us, on the challenges facing our city and our commonwealth.

Our community is fortunate to have such a dedicated public servant representing our city in Boston. Please join me in voting for Tricia Farley-Bouvier for re-election on Thursday, Sept. 8 and again in the November general election.


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Suzanne Engels, Pittsfield