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Jonathan Edwards is a graduate of Skidmore College whose roots in the region date back to earning his Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in the late 1980's.  Since then Edwards has worked for strong Democrats such as Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Murphy, the campaign of John Olver in his special election congressional victory in 1991 and the late Paul Tsongas during his presidential campaign in 1991/1992 and subsequently for the Concord Coalition through much of the 90's.  Edwards considers himself a disciple of what Paul stood for, even to this day.

Edwards is a 14-year, five-term member of the Whately Selectboard, first elected in 2003.  Since then, Edwards has a strong record of accomplishment both in local government, professional work, and community service.  Among his accomplishments and experiences he will draw on if given the opportunity to serve as your state representative include:

  • An original leader in the creation of the award-winning South County Emergency Management Service (EMS), a regional 24-hour/7-day a week paramedic level ambulance service, serving Deerfield, Sunderland and Whately.  Edwards currently serves on the Board of Oversight for South County EMS.
  • Currently serving in his ninth year as the Chair of the South County Senior Center Board of Oversight, where he led the original initiative to reinvigorate a senior center that was neither working as an effective inter-town partnership nor meeting the needs of area seniors.
  • A local government leader in the adoption of residential clean energy. Edwards was a leader in the formation of a three-town collaboration between Chesterfield, Whately and Williamsburg that helped the towns become early Solarize Massachusetts communities in 2013 and 2014, increasing access to solar for residents across the three towns.
  • A local government leader who built town-wide support for Whately to become a Massachusetts Green Community in 2013.
  • A long-serving member of the Franklin County Selectboard Association Executive Board, where he has served as President for five of the past six years and was a catalyst for regional momentum and selectboard collaboration on issues such as broadband for rural Franklin County communities.
  • Over a decade of success fighting climate change as an original staff member of SmartPower, an award winning non-profit that increases public demand for and access to clean energy and energy efficiency products and practices.
  • A passionate advocate for regional economic development, Edwards currently works for Tech Foundry, an award-winning non-profit organization.  Tech Foundry works to fill the Information Technology skills gap in the Pioneer Valley by training close to 100 individuals per year to meet the needs of area employers and the Western Massachusetts economy. Edwards and Tech Foundry have succeeded in working with individuals historically left on the economic sidelines to attain a sustainable career in IT, while also contributing to the revitalization of the greater Springfield economy. In this role, Edwards has helped to secure hundreds of thousands of state and federal dollars to train the region's most at-risk populations.
  • Perhaps most importantly, Edwards has worked with hundreds of families across Franklin County as a youth sports coach and the six-year President of the Franklin County Cal Ripken Youth Baseball League.

Actually what is most important is that Edwards is a devoted husband to his wife Katie and their two children, Maxwell and Margaret who are the greatest things in the Edwards household.

Committee to Elect Jonathan Edwards
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