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.
It’s for the people to take back this city by having a mayor who’s for the whole city and not just one specific group of people who reside here. It’s for a mayor who won’t hesitate to fire a bad cop. It’s for a mayor who will close down some of these clubs that don’t meet fire codes.
It’s for a mayor that will appoint and hire people who are qualified for positions and have spotless records.
Believe me when I say we need a mayor who is out of the loop of “everyday politics.” It’s never worked here.
We need the city to be structured like a big company with a leader who can cut the true waste, who can restore the image of the city and restore commerce and make this city a compelling place to do business again.
Then only will this city be able support itself and drive down residential taxes.
For that to happen, public safety would be the big area to start. No big company wants to put employees and customers at risk or want to have to deal with sleazy politics to get permits.
I’d welcome Mr. Gonzalez as mayor and think he knows what this city needs and will do something about it.