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Letter: Heggins not afraid to ‘stand in her own truth’

Many citizens have written letters of endorsement for Mayor Al Heggins as she seeks another term on City Council. They have highlighted her many excellent qualities of leadership and ability to address difficult issues.

I want to affirm that Heggins is a skilled leader. She is warm and welcoming, always reminding us that City Council is the people’s house. These are empowering words to folk who heretofore have not been given voice.

Heggins is an agent of healing and reconciliation. Salisbury needs healing of its racial injustice, past and present. Heggins began this work of reconciliation with the passing of the Resolution of Reconciliation last January. Controversial as it was, the council passed the resolution unanimously. She is not afraid to stand in her own truth nor is she afraid to allow others to stand in their own truth.

Truth telling is necessary for reconciliation.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and other faith-based communities have begun important work surrounding racial inequity. Salisbury is ripe for healing. This is an intentional and ongoing process.

I encourage people to vote for Al Heggins. Return her to City Council. Let’s continue on a path to becoming a reconciling community. It will make Salisbury stronger.

— Betty Jo Hardy

Salisbury

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