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Jenifer McKenna: Klein’s approach as councilor would be ‘a breath of fresh air’

To the editor:

I urge my Ward 7 neighbors to elect Alisa Klein as our next city councilor.

I have lived in Leeds for many years. Alisa is the first council candidate to reach out in my neighborhood. She is truly interested in learning about all who live in our ward: homeowners and renters; workers, business owners and retired residents; natives born here and people who have chosen to make Ward 7 their home.

Alisa is both a big-picture thinker and a problem-solver. She is interested in nuts-and-bolts concerns and in developing untapped resources to enrich our ward. She has a wealth of professional expertise to bring to this role, including as a policy analyst and small business owner. And she will bring well-honed skills in mediation and conflict resolution to represent us as a thoughtful leader and consensus builder.

Alisa is committed to both community-building in our ward and to making Ward 7 priorities integral to the citywide agenda. As our councilor, she would host quarterly meetings in various regions of the ward to keep us abreast of issues she must consider, solicit our input, learn about emerging concerns and engage residents in creative thinking to address ward and citywide issues. Her inclusive approach to representing Ward 7 would be a breath of fresh air, and do much to strengthen connections among ward residents and increase transparency in local government.

Jenifer McKenna

Leeds

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