One of Massachusetts’ grittiest districts seems manageable to Carlos Henriquez. He would replace 5th Suffolk Rep. Marie St. Fleur, who’s not running for re-election. He has lived there lifelong and wants a crack at the hardest problems there â€” jobs, schools and crime.
While many expect the primary in two weeks to go down to Henriquez or BPS teacher and legislative aide Barry Lawton,Â there are two other perennial candidates running for the Dem slot. Althea Garrison, who served one term in this office, and Roy Owen, who has lost bids on numerous offices, including this one, will also be on the ballot. Henriquez said the other two have loyal followers and he is considering all three opponents as bona fide.
As the youngest of the bunch at 33, Henriquez says he is “old enough to connect and at the age I can challenge my peers to be civilly active.”
Listen in as he describes the interplay between his three major campaign areas.Â He sees education, jobs and safety as closely linked. He wants high-quality schools in every city neighborhood, with an additional emphasis on voc-ed as well as youth mentoring. He wants to help the students come out of school and get jobs, in turn leading to safer streets.
He has tales of the present from his own work with youth. Kids in the 5th may have to chart their course home like they were in combat. Riding the wrong bus or walking in theÂ neighborhood or wearing the wrong cap or other clothes can have serious consequences.
Henriquez thinks the city, state, feds and community all need to be involved in this three-part effort for it to work. He says, “If we’re not going to invest it in education, we’re going to invest it in incarceration.