At-Large Springfield City Councilor Jesse Lederman releases the following statement on the passing of his mentor and colleague Ward 4 City Councilor E. Henry Twiggs.
“Today is a sad day in the City of Springfield. E. Henry Twiggs was a warrior for justice for all people, a public servant of the best kind, and a true friend and mentor. He loved politics and his community, and he channeled that passion into a lifetime of service. His body of work and his dedication serve as an inspiration and a legacy that will be remembered by many for generations.
Furthermore, he was an advocate for the next generation and the importance of the torch being passed to carry progress onward. From the day we met, he took me under his wing, and taught me the true meaning of public service. Indeed, he was the first individual to suggest to me that I could run for and win elected office. Our work in this coming term will be dedicated to his memory and his legacy.
Emila and I, and the entire Lederman family, extend our heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Twiggs and the entire Twiggs family, and to all those who had the privilege of calling this great man a friend, which were many.”