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Connecting -- On the State Senate Campaign Trail with Mary-Ellen Manning

Connecting with people. That's what campaigning is all about for Mary-Ellen Manning, Governor's Councillor and candidate for State Senate.

What's running for office all about? For me, it's about connecting. Connecting with people. Sure, it's about issues. It's also about connecting with how people feel. So, when I was asked by the Patches to blog about the upcoming election for State Senate, I decided to make it personal. This blog will be about what my campaign is all about: connecting.

Peabody...I could write an encyclopedia about how my family history is intertwined with the fabric of Peabody. Being a fifth-generation Peabodyite, there isn't a corner of this city that doesn't generate a family connection: the pre-Depression family leather shop that was on Railroad Avenue, the sidewalks my uncles made as part of the WPA, my mother's athletic awards at PVMHS, the auditorium named after my uncle, the portrait of my dad in the .

My dad and the Carroll School. Bob Manning was the principal there for 26 years, and the Carroll was a second home to us--the teachers, janitors and staff were our second family after our mother died. I learned a lot about education and a lot about life, especially life for the immigrant family. The Thomas Carroll School was the place where every immigrant school child learned English as a second language. Our dad's dedication to the Carroll School has been a great source of family pride.

Lucky for me, running for office gives me the opporuntiy to connect with people in unexpected ways, especially in ways that allow me to reminisce about my mom and dad.

Just last week, I got a phone call on my campaign line from a woman from West Peabody whom I had never met. She and her husband had come across my father's name on a list of unclaimed teacher retirement benefits. How did she have the campaign number? Because she had just received one of 22,000 pieces of campaign literature from my campaign for State Senate. 

More importantly, why did she make the call? She wanted to connect with me about my father, how wonderful a man and principal he was, how compassionate, and how missed. We talked for a long time, and I made a new friend. 

And I'll get back to her about whether she discovered unclaimed money. When I checked the website, I found the name of another retired Peabody school teacher with unclaimed benefits. She went to high school with my mother, her children went to high school with me, and she was my religious education teacher at . So, I called her daughter to let her know. 

The domino effect of connections.

Mary-Ellen Manning is the Governor's Councillor for Peabody and the surrounding towns and is a candidate for State Senate for the open seat being vacated by Senator Fred Berry. 

You can learn more about Mary-Ellen by visiting www.maryellenforsenate.com or www.facebook.com/#!/manningforsenate.

And you can drop by her campaign headquarters at 46 Main St. in Peabody. 

To check to see whether someone you know is on the list of unclaimed teacher benefits click here: www.mass.gov/mtrs/2members/22retiree/22unclaimfund.htm.

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Dianne Marchese July 09, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Stories like these, well written & well thought out articles are why MEM is the only candidate to vote for in Sept for retiring Sen Berry's state senate seat. MRy-Ellen will not steer us wrong!
Jaclyn Corriveau July 11, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Dianne- you are so right. I am so proud to support Mary-Ellen. As a young person studying political science, I am reminded everyday of the greedy nature of politicians, and the inefficiencies of our government that often result. Mary-Ellen is the only person I trust to represent this district, and the only politician that I have come upon thus far that has does not carry with the negative connotation of the word itself "politician". I support Mary-Ellen because her record PROVES a whole hearted dedication to her constituency. Not many can say that. www.maryellenforsenate.com
Evan Weinberg July 25, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Mary-Ellen did a great job on the Governors Council. She deserves tremendous credit as the only elected official in the state to publicly criticize & oppose Patrick frequently, for his horrible leftist judicial nominees. I have heard her many times on the Howie Carr and Jeff Katz radio show's & she is impressive-bright, honest, transparent & has talked about the need for an elected official to be pro-business, help to create jobs, lower taxes, less government. Yet when I go to Facebook, Twitter, her web site, its nothing but mind numbing happy talk. There is nothing there-no substance- that tells me what her postion is on jobs, the economy, lower taxes, less government, or anything else. It would be smart if she went out & talked to businesses like Tisei did. She talks about this stuff on the radio often, and did so in the debate-but no where else. Its as though she is totally afraid of who she really is, a conservative democrat as Howie Carr calls her. It seems to me she is way too concerned about alienating the leftwingers who likely wont vote for her anyway. It looks like she is getting some very bad advice from her campaign people. She has real support here in the Jewish-American community, it would great to have her make some appearances at events. Mary-Ellen is much different and honest than Slattery and Lovely but has not told us anything at all about why she is different. I hope she will. However, because of this flaw, I am really leaning towards Edward Carroll.
Eddie Doyle July 26, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Just another example of a "World Class " city as Peabody is, producing "World Class" people! Another reason to vote for Mary Ellen Manning for Massachusetts State Senate! Go MAM Go!!!

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