To the editor: I was born and raised in Salem and I'm a lifelong Democrat who has served on city council. I've also been strongly involved in union activities over the years. However, the greatest political experience I have had is the honor of serving as service/safety director under a Republican mayor who works hard and keeps his promises and puts the city of Salem above any political party. Four years ago Mayor Jerry Wolford told the voters what he intended to do. In every area he has kept his promise by putting all of Salem above party politics. When told there was no money to complete East Pershing Street, Mayor Wolford persevered and secured funding through grants and assistance from the Utilities Commission to complete the project. East Pershing Street now sees a steady flow of traffic and citizens now have a safer way to exit the Marc's plaza and access the east end.