Charles Clemons, Mayor: A New Boston
Over the years, Boston’s New Economy has bypassed much of the City. While affluent newcomers move into established neighborhoods, and gentrify others, too often have the interests of long-term and middle class residents been ignored. I am focused on a number of issues that will make Boston better, more vibrant, accessible and affordable to all who live here.
Many of our public schools still do not work. So, there is an uneven playing field. Poorly maintained buildings, untrained teachers and in-school violence remain impediments to creating a first-class public school system that works for every child in every neighborhood. Too many of our schools do not properly educate our children; as a result, many of our students have low self-esteem, teachers are under pressure and parents feel helpless. As mayor, I will urge the following:
To further strengthen our schools, I also propose the following:
Much should be done to improve basic city services, because many residents of the city feel they are not getting the services they deserve. Many are frustrated with City Hall because it takes too long to respond and are loyal only to developers and campaign supporters.
By working with the people of Boston’s neighborhoods, I will strive to return accountable and responsive government to Boston.
As mayor, I will work to significantly improve city services that include:
Safe streets remain a very significant issue in Boston which has not been adequately addressed. If Boston is to thrive, economically and socially, its residents must feel secure that they can travel the street without fear. I want to be the mayor, because I believe I can create a strategy that will reduce crime in Boston. We also must adequately address the issue of gangs and murdered youth. I am a former police officer. Here are my positions: