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Cole Reflects on 9 Months on Beacon Hill

Peabody Republican state Rep. Leah Cole begins the new year with nine months under her belt and work on hot-button issues, such as the gas tax and welfare reform.

State Rep. Leah Cole at a Veterans Day ceremony in Peabody. Credit: Courtesy
State Rep. Leah Cole at a Veterans Day ceremony in Peabody. Credit: Courtesy
It's just been nine months since Peabody Republican Leah Cole won an open seat in the Mass. House of Representatives to represent the Tanner City on Beacon Hill.

The then 24-year-old defeated Peabody politicians Beverley Griffin Dunne and Dave Gravel in a close special election race in April to succeed late Rep. Joyce Spiliotis.

Since then, Cole says she's received a lot of guidance from both sides of the aisle and was initially surprised to see nonpartisanship on many issues before the legislature.

The Salem News caught up with Cole recently to reflect back on the past year and look to issues ahead, including whether she plans to run again. You can find that interview here.

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