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Biography

I am excited to be running as a candidate to represent Ward 2 on the city council. I believe that city government belongs to the people. If elected, I will be your voice, and I will work tirelessly to answer your questions and help solve your problems.

My passion has always been listening to people and connecting them to resources to help them solve problems. By day, I am a legal research librarian at a law firm in Boston. Before becoming a librarian, I worked at the Somerville Homeless Coalition and North Charles Mental Health. I have a fondness for details, and I know that little details can often make a big impact, whether it's a street crossing that needs to be improved or playground equipment that needs to be fixed.

I grew up in Maine, but my husband and I chose Salem to put down our roots and raise our family. We've lived in the Bridge Street Neck neighborhood since 2009, and our son goes to the Bates Elementary School. We love the city's vibrant cultural life, rich history, and beautiful waterfront, but it's the people that made it the perfect home for us—the unique local businesses and welcoming residents that make Salem a great place to live.

I support progressive values in government. I want to continue the positive momentum that keeps new businesses growing in Salem and welcomes people to live, work, and play in our great city. I am committed to supporting the city’s environmental sustainability goals. With a young child in the public school system, I am personally invested in making sure our schools are successful and inclusive for all of Salem’s children.

I have a bachelor's degree from Bates College and a Master’s degree in Library Science from Simmons College. I’m a member of the Salem Democratic City Committee and the Bridge Street Neck Neighborhood Association. I also currently serve as the Vice President and Chair of the Technology Committee for the Association of Boston Law Librarians. When Gonyea Park on Smith Street needed playground equipment I served on a committee to choose the new play structure.

I can often be found walking around the city—from the Common to Collins Cove, to the McIntire District, to the cobblestones of Essex Street. If you see me out and about, feel free to stop and say hi. I would love to hear from you about your thoughts, concerns, and joys regarding our city and our ward. I look forward to meeting many of you as I go door to door. You can reach me by email at jen.meger.ward2@gmail.com. Please be in touch, I am eager to hear from everyone in Ward 2.

Thanks for reading, and I hope to earn your vote in the fall.

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