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September 5, 2013

Devers promises to focus on change, autonomy, education

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“We are getting more joining as we explain to them the plans he has for the city and its residents,” Veras said.

Jonathan Pichardo, who had Devers as algebra teacher, was holding signs at Jackson and Berkeley streets along with his children, Channelle and John Rosario.

“His focus on education is the reason why I’m here,” Pichardo said. “The direction the city is going is not where I want my children growing up in. He has a great vision for Lawrence and wants to make the city better.”

Bio in Brief Born in the Dominican Republic, Devers immigrated to Puerto Rico in 1982. He moved to Lawrence in 1987. Education: Received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Universidad Autonoma De Santo Domingo, Salem State University and took graduate courses at University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Work experience: Founder and chief executive officer of MDJ, an engineering firm. He had engineering training in Tokyo and Remote Sensing Training in Rome. He taught science at Lawrence High School and math at Greater Lawrence Technical School for 16 years. Political experience: State Rep. since 2010 where he has served as vice chairman of the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities; the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies and the Joint Committee on Education. He was a City Councilor At Large from 2000 to 2002, serving as vice president; he was reelected City Councilor At Large, 2004-2006. He was Council President in 2002-2004. Devers was Lawrence's first Hispanic mayor when he became Interim Mayor from September to November 2001 after then-Mayor Patricia Dowling resigned to become a judge. Family: Devers' wife Victoria is a retired school teacher. They have four children and four grandchildren.

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