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Melissa Teo


I am delighted and excited to endorse Kelly Zuniga as candidate for Mayor of Erie.

Kelly and I met over 10 years ago while we were both university academics working in Australia. When you meet some people, you know immediately they will always have a special place in your heart. While we live in different countries now, Kelly continues to be a dear friend and amazes me with her ability to take on new challenges, from home building to community gardening, and foster parenting.

She throws herself with guts and gusto into everything she takes on, always believes in doing the right thing, has a heart of gold, is great with people, and fully owns her story.

Kelly has tremendous skills and capabilities that make her a great candidate for Mayor of Erie. They include her understanding of big picture planning, her academic credentials, her leadership in building Erie’s first community garden and her current work in building wonderful playgrounds and natural areas for the town of Loveland. She understands what the people of Erie need – family, community, kinship, work life balance and spaces and opportunities for families to thrive where they are.

I have every faith that if elected Mayor, the town of Erie will have an amazing and fearless champion and she will be instrumental in transforming Erie into an amazing town to live in. I can’t wait to see what Kelly can do.


Melissa Teo

Associate Professor, QUT

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