LAWRENCE — If elected mayor, Nestor H. De Jesus said he does not want to run the city alone.
“I want to have an administration where City Hall works in conjunction with residents, neighborhood groups, police and fire departments,” said De Jesus.
He compares it to the National Night Out events where fire and police departments along with neighborhood associations host block parties throughout the city so they can get to know residents better and vice versa and learn from each other better and how they can serve them.
De Jesus said top priorities during his campaign have been public safety, education and economic development.
“They all go hand in hand,” De Jesus said. “First and foremost, we have to educate our residents by providing technical workshops so they can learn new skills, foster public safety and create incentives so we can attract new factories to the city.”
Among the incentives he proposes is giving employers tax breaks.
He said education does not just mean learning math, English and science. De Jesus said he wants to work with service agencies and nonprofit organizations in hosting civic and morale classes for parents, similar to classes on etiquette.
As for education, De Jesus wants to not just provide it for children, but also for adults, specially single mothers who can learn English as a second language. By mastering the English language, they can aid their children with their homework so they can be successful in school.
Even though he is not considered a front runner in the elections, De Jesus said he is working tirelessly to get his name and ideas known throughout the city. He has been knocking on doors handing out fliers and answering questions about his plans for Lawrence. De Jesus and his volunteers also keep busy by holding signs at different city corners.