LAWRENCE — Rosa E. Pina wants to take her community organizing skills one step further by representing District A on the Lawrence City Council.
“By being elected to the City Council, I’ll have the proper tools to help my community even more,” Pina said.
“I want to be the voice of those who can’t express how they feel, don’t know where to get what they need,” she said. “It’s so important to be that link between residents and the city ordinances.”
She is running against incumbent Sandy E. Almonte of 33 Woodland St.
District A is located in the northeast corner of Lawrence, known as Prospect Hill/Back Bay. The neighborhood is one of the oldest in the city, dotted with stately homes. Close to the Lawrence/Methuen line, Prospect Hill Prospect, Ferry, Knox, Berkeley as well as the Spicket River and Route 495. It is home to Rollins School and Engine 6, both listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
“The architecture and the rich history of the city impressed me and made me fall in love with Lawrence,” she said.
Pina, lives at 24 Brooks St., a street known for its criminal, gang and drug activities.
“We need to have more police presence in the area and create a neighborhood watch,” she said.
She said talking to residents, especially youngsters would also help.
“Children always need someone who can listen to them. When you invest in them and make them feel useful, you can change their minds,” she said.
Pina has rallied teenagers for neighborhood clean-ups and talked to them about the importance of recycling and taking care of the environment.
“I like the challenge and instead of running away from the problem, you have to face it ,which is how you make a difference,” she said.