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Dear Decaturish – Melissa Manrow has expertise, commitment and perseverance

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Dear Decaturish – Melissa Manrow has expertise, commitment and perseverance

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Melissa Manrow

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Dear Decaturish,

It is my privilege to write this letter of support for Melissa Manrow. I’ve known Melissa for over 15 years and have come to know her as a dedicated professional, a loyal friend and a compassionate and devoted community member.  We met through professional affiliations – mine with the DeKalb Police Department and hers with the Sheriff’s Department.  We shared similar roles in our respective agencies managing administrative functions, creating efficiencies and ensuring compliance with multiple local, state and federal regulations. During our tenure, we shared best case practices and created systems that benefited employees and the community at-large.

As a result of our work, we developed a mutual level of professional and personal respect that continues to evolve and grow into new and exciting opportunities.    Not surprisingly, when my career took me into the field of homeless services, I called upon Melissa to serve on our board of directors.  Nine years later, I can say with all certainty that Melissa’s keen leadership has been invaluable to our organization.  Melissa has helped shape our role in the region’s efforts to eliminate homelessness and set the stage for our organizational success.  Furthermore, Melissa’s subject matter expertise and professional experience proved critical in the organization’s financial health and well-being.  She has served with distinction as the board’s treasurer and have proven repeatedly that she has an innate ability to see potential synergies before they occur and then work over time to ensure success.

Not only can I speak to Melissa’s professional expertise, commitment and perseverance but I can also share personal stories that explain why I’m committed to supporting her candidacy.    For many years, Melissa and I participated in a number of charitable run/walks in the area.   The end goal of supporting these various fundraising events was a rewarding experience in and of itself but they also served as an opportunity for the two of us to spend time together preparing for the “big day”.   Typically, our training involved brisk walks through and around the entire City of Decatur during which Melissa enlightened me on numerous historical facts, city initiatives and her deep love for this community.  We often walked by the apartment complex she lived in after graduation from law school as she reminisced about the friends she created there or we’d stop by St. Phillips Tower to say “hello” to her Mom  and we always found time to stop and talk to neighbors and friends.  No matter where our journey took us, I was always aware that she is a kindred spirit – invested and committed to this place we’ve called home for so long.

I encourage all District 1 voters to visit www.melissamanrow.com  and to cast your vote on November 7 for Melissa Manrow.

Thank you,

– Margaret Schuelke

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