Aurora City Councilwoman Marsha Berzins last month launched her campaign for mayor surrounded by her friends and family.
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About 100 people turned out on a chilly Saturday morning to Cozy Café, an Ethiopian restaurant at 4th Avenue and Havana Street. In remarks that emphasized the importance of keeping up staff levels at Aurora’s police and fire departments, Berzins said “I believe the first goal of city government is to keep our streets, schools and neighborhoods safe. As a mother of five children and one grandchild, it’s important that our children feel safe in our schools, and our residents are safe in their homes and on our streets.” Besides public safety, Berzins listed economic development, attainable housing and cultural diversity as priorities.
Cozy Café proprietor Hanna Gerber had nothing but praise for Berzins. “She really helped me a lot when I was having difficulty expanding my business,” Gerber said. “She jumped right in and helped me get it done,” she added.
Also supporting Berzins is former City Councilwoman Barb Cleland, who served with Berzins on council for eight years. “I’m not surprised by the number of people who showed up,” Cleland said, remarking on the packed restaurant. “It really is a testament to how hard Marsha has worked and how much she’s accomplished over the years for her community, she added.
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