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Dear Decaturish – Melissa Manrow has my full support

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Dear Decaturish – Melissa Manrow has my full support

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Melissa Manrow

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Dear Decaturish,

Melissa Manrow has my full support as the candidate to represent District 1 on the City Commission.

When my family and I moved to the city nearly five years ago, Melissa was the first to welcome us to our new neighborhood with a bottle of bubbly. She took the time to explain a few nuances of our new hometown, like the special trash bags, and she made sure to connect us with the neighborhood message boards and association group. Her warm welcome was the first sign that this was a great place to live. Not too much longer, my son was born and required emergency surgery plus a 3-week stay in the NCIU at CHOA. Melissa was the first on our stoop offering a big hug and a warm meal.  Her support at such a difficult time simply reinforced how great this city is. But, more importantly, this display of compassion reinforces that Melissa Manrow is the candidate who understands the value of community. Her neighbors are her priority, and we know we can count on her.

Beyond her neighborly friendship, Melissa has the experience and institutional knowledge to build on Decatur’s success.  In the nearly twenty-eight years she has lived in this town, Melissa has graduated from Leadership Dekalb, served on the Decatur Infill Task Force, volunteered on the Decatur Heights Neighborhood Association executive committee, been appointed to the Decatur Planning Commission, and worked to update the City’s Unified Development Ordinance. By serving in these roles, Melissa has dedicated herself to the improvement of our community. And, her long term commitment to this work has resulted in a mastery of local history that is unrivaled.  From the redevelopment of the Bank of America property downtown, to the partnerships with the Decatur Housing Authority and City Schools of Decatur, Melissa knows the history of our town and the challenges we overcame to reach our recent success, as well as the challenges we will face moving forward.

Melissa has a track record of serving her community, working towards unity, and collaborating with her peers.  Community, consensus, collaboration – the three words that define her commitment to the city and its citizens.

I encourage all District 1 voters to visit www.melissamanrow.com to learn more about his incredible woman and her priorities for Decatur’s future.  Please do your part to make this community even better by casting your vote on November 7 for Melissa Manrow, the best candidate for District 1.

– Elizabeth Deimeke, Decatur resident, science nerd

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