Sen. Joan Lovely
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Salem senator’s sights set on helping kids

SALEM -- State Senator Joan B. Lovely said her 2021 priorities will build on her top legislative concern -- keeping children safe and improving their lives. 

The Salem Democrat who represents Salem, Beverly, Danvers, Peabody and Topsfield in the state Senate, Lovely has championed child welfare advocacy since her election to the Senate in 2012. She branded child sexual exploitation "a pandemic in its own right," and said she is working through the legislative process with Children's Trust Massachusetts, an organization focused on stopping child abuse, to ensure parents, coaches and other people supervising children recognize abuse warning signs. 

She is also focused on improving local college students' lives. When a father told Lovely his daughter wanted to go to college but could not pass the state comprehensive assessment examination (MCAS) due to a disabi…

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