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Letter: Heggins welcomes new ideas, follows through

The city of Salisbury has been fortunate to experience the leadership of Mayor Al Heggins. We should be encouraged by the direction and dignity with which Heggins has served. I ask my fellow citizens to please report to the polls to re-elect Heggins to Salisbury City Council. Her leadership reflects our values and vision: celebrating and encouraging all.

Heggins has been a beacon of hope in Salisbury. She’s led with class, and her genuine concern for all citizens is apparent. She has welcomed new ideas while tackling tough challenges that existed before her term.

Her no-nonsense, compassionate approach has shown that all have a voice under her leadership. She’s made herself available to the public by listening and offering her assistance and guidance.

During a summer bike camp hosted by The Pedal Factory, she graciously welcomed a group of young bicyclists into her office at my last-minute request. When a camper spoke up to ask about more bicycling facilities, she responded by suggesting city council should create a committee composed of both cyclists and city officials to offer advice on active transportation initiatives. She followed up, showing that she is a woman of both words and action.

I know Heggins is not the cycling enthusiast I am, but she has made time to listen to my concerns and offer ways for me (and anyone else) to be part of the solution. She knows that active, vibrant cities are more attractive and sustainable, and is working to ensure the safety and health of our citizens.

She has demonstrated that she welcomes and encourages the public to join her efforts.

Please join me at the polls. Our city has a gift in Al Heggins. Let’s continue our forward momentum and re-elect her to the City Council.

— Mary Rosser

Salisbury

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