Springfield City Councilor Melvin A. Edwards will run for state representative for the 10th Hampden District in the November election.
"I am eager to seek an opportunity to continue my service to the citizens of Springfield as a member of the State Legislature" Edwards said in a news release to CBS 3.
Edwards is serving his third term on the Springfield City Council. He said he will continue his "steadfast commitment to constituent services and accessibility if elected."
"It is my belief that elected officials are responsible first and foremost to their constituents, and in order to serve those constituents one must make themselves available to listen to the voices of those they serve, and to then work hard on their behalf," Edwards said.
Edwards is known locally for his support of community organizations and for his commitment to work related to environmental issues. He was also involved with the cleanup in the following the 2011 Tornado.
"I will not shy away from the decisions that I will face, and I promise the voters that I will continue to work hard, to listen and to make service to others paramount," Edwards said.
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