---- — To the editor:
I hope the citizens of Lawrence enjoyed their summer. As we begin yet another school year, we also enter a critically important city election cycle here in Lawrence.
On Tuesday, Sept. 17, the city will hold a preliminary election to determine which candidates will make the ballot for the general election on Nov. 5. In the race for city councilor at-large, the Lawrence Teachers Union is proudly supporting Francisco Brea. I strongly urge you and your family to vote for Francisco Brea for city councilor-at-large on Tuesday, Sept. 17.
I have known Francisco for many years as a community advocate and union activist in Lawrence. Francisco cares deeply about this city and was compelled to run because he feels the city is in need of transparency and ethical leadership. He is a strong advocate for public education and believes that elected leaders should work with teachers to improve our schools.
A Lawrence resident since 1983, Francisco moved to Lawrence to work in the textile industry. He quickly became involved in his workplace’s union and in 1984 became the first Latino to be elected to the Executive Board of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union Local 187 (ACTWU). As a member of the Executive Board, Francisco was a leader in defending the rights and dignity of textile workers.
For the past 15 years, Francisco has worked for the Massachusetts AFL-CIO assisting workers who have been laid off from their jobs, helping families through tough times and giving them the resources they need to connect with unemployment assistance, training, and job opportunities.
Francisco is running for City Council because he believes Lawrence needs someone who has experienced and overcome the hardships that many residents face today. He has suffered through layoffs, strikes and scraping by to make ends meet. He has dedicated his professional life to helping working families who are in need.
There is so much at stake in this upcoming election. As teachers, we are an integral part of this great community and we need leaders who will work with us to ensure that students in Lawrence Public Schools receive the quality education they deserve. That is why our union is proud to support Francisco Brea.
Please remember to vote on Tuesday, Sept. 17 for Francisco Brea for city councilor-at-large.
Lawrence Teachers Union