I am voting No. 1 for Marc McGovern on Nov. 2, and here’s why.

This year, my child was faced with a series of traumatic, violent events within our community that required immediate support and action. I was suddenly a mother fighting to save her 15-year-old son from gun violence and gangs. Without hesitation, Marc McGovern was by our side, helping us by making phone calls, providing us with resources and being a voice of reason in the midst of chaos. It is very important for the families in Cambridge to understand the urgency of reelecting McGovern – we need him. He cares about us and our children and our futures.

McGovern doesn’t just file policy orders and hope things get better. He does the groundwork, the constituent work. You won’t find another councillor who will pick up the phone every time you call, who will be by your side through thick and thin.

I ask each of you to think about this on Election Day: In a city so rich, we will always have trees, bike lanes and a robust progressive culture. We can have it all. But we are losing our families, we are losing our neighborhoods and we have so much more to lose if we don’t make the best decision for our city – and that is to reelect Marc McGovern. Our families need him.

Jennifer James, Garden Street

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