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September 13, 2013

Letter: Gonzalez is the kind of mayor Lawrence needs

To the editor:

I endorse Juan “Manny” Gonzalez for mayor of Lawrence. It was more than a year ago that Gonzalez’s name was brought up right here on one of The Eagle-Tribune’s discussion boards. He seemed to have the respect and admiration of a wide diverse portion of the Lawrence population so I started asking around more about him and reading up on his “Heal Lawrence” program and liked what I heard.

This candidate is the type of community leader who cares. He cares especially about public safety. As we know, the current mayor put public safety on the chopping block as soon as he took office thus resulting in a huge spike in crime and a record murder rate in Lawrence. We also relied on all our surrounding cities and towns to put out the fires in Lawrence to the point that the other cities were going to charge the city and sue for the costs. We don’t want to take a reckless mayor like that in for another term.

I’m sure that Gonzalez will be able to keep the budget balanced and work with our legislators on the hills of Boston and Washington to keep the grant money for infrastructure improvements flowing. Gonzalez knows what all the law-abiding residents want — they want to be safe and feel safe. They want honesty, integrity and dedication from the people they elect. They want to clean up this city in all aspects of the word “clean” — including the infrastructure and crooked hacks — and have the city’s image restored and not continue to be ridiculed by the rest of the surrounding communities.

Everything I heard about Gonzalez has been 100-percent positive and I’m sure he has a heart of gold. Juan isn’t a decoy candidate, He’s for real. If anything it will be a tough campaign and will certainly take votes away from the current mayor but that’s not the objective of Mr. Gonzalez.

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