EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 10, 2013

What the candidates said


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — LAWRENCE - Here’s some of what the mayoral candidates said during last night’s debate.

“Believe it or not, I read the Bible in its entirety. It took me two years.” - Marcos Devers, after being asked about the last book he read.

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“I might be crazy running for mayor, but I love the city.”- Devers, on his decision to run for mayor for a third time.

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“We have a bilingual population. We need to use it as a resource, rather than letting it be.”- James Patrick O’Donoghue, on one of the greatest unused assets in Lawrence.

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“If Dan Rivera has experience in law enforcement, I’d be looking at him as the next chief. I’d like to see a veteran, somebody with military experience.”- O’Donoghue, when asked about hiring the next police chief for Lawrence.

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“You can vote for me.” - Daniel Rivera, in response to “Donoghue’s semi-police chief recommendation.

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“I don’t read much, except Rumbo, The Eagle-Tribune and CommonWealth magazine.”- Rivera.

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“The School system was not given away. It was taken away.” Juan “Manny” Gonzalez, responding to a question about what he would do so the state can return control of the School Department back over to the city.

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“The city right now is a very dirty city.”- Gonzalez, talking about a major quality of life issue that discourages businesses from locating in Lawrence.