Letter: Blackmer Has Vision For Our Children's Future

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To the Editor:

I am writing to express my support for Lisa Blackmer for state representative. In particular, Lisa's vision for our children's future is one that takes into account decades of being a mother, working in municipal government, and serving on the school council, which she did with my father in the mid-nineties.

Lisa's vision for our educational systems is one that takes into account all the details of the challenges our cities and towns face and meets them head on. Lisa understands that for this region to experience more economic growth, we need to have the best schools around, that for our children to succeed, they need access to broadband, foreign languages, and technical learning.

I know Lisa both personally and professionally. I attended elementary through high school with both of Lisa's children. Lisa worked hard as a parent leader for 20 years. I have also served with Lisa on the North Adams City Council for two terms and appreciate how prepared she was for some nuanced municipal issues.

Lisa Blackmer has paid her dues and walked the walk. With Lisa, I am especially impressed with her work in Boston at the Massachusetts Municipal Association. Lisa donates her time driving back and forth to Boston for the MMA and was recently elected as an officer. This is in addition to being a mother, grandmother, MBA student at MCLA, and wife to William Blackmer Sr., a retired state trooper.

Lisa will be an outstanding voice in Boston for our region, our children, and our future. She is the right choice to make on Oct. 10.

Jennifer Breen, Esq.
North Adams, Mass.

Breen is a local attorney and former North Adams city councilor.




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