MANCHESTER, NH – Although word has been circulating around the city that he was already decided, the following public notice was released by local businessman Jawed Alibaba, making official his intention to run for mayor in the upcoming municipal election. An official campaign launch party is scheduled for May 2 at 12 p.m. at his West Side grocery, Alibaba Whole Foods Festival, 590 Second St. in Manchester.
Included with the release is a fundraising form, which goes with the candidate territory.
Hello, my name is Jawed Alibaba and I’m running for Mayor of Manchester!
As a self made entrepreneur who went from working the night shift at gas stations for minimum wage to owning nationwide companies, hiring hundreds of employees and owning multiple businesses in the city, I’ve seen many sides of Manchester.
Our people of this city are worried about public safety, parents and guardians are concerned that their children aren’t getting the proper support at their schools to enable them to thrive in their futures. Today’s youth are our future leaders.
When business owners, like me, are affected by these issues of public safety and poor education, it hurts our economic growth, which hurts our tax base.
Though these are serious problems, they can be fixed.
We need a Mayor who will make our city safe by providing resources to our police, schools, fire and highway departments. We are fortunate to have wonderful teachers who work tirelessly to help students in need, but we should not ignore the students who are excelling in their education. These kids should get guidance and support to fulfill their dreams and opportunities for higher education.
Manchester not only needs to improve transportation to include a commuter rail to Boston and position the Manchester Airport as a hub for international airlines, it also needs to provide attractions that draw more people to Elm Street, and offer healthy family activities such as a River walk for residents and more bikeable trails. This will not only attract more people to making Manchester their home, but it will also increase the number of taxpayers.
These are just a couple examples of how my business acumen, my education at Harvard University and my transformational and situational leadership skills can help me be the leader Manchester needs now. I know what it’s like to develop a talented workforce, to manage budgets, and to make difficult decisions. I know how to adapt good ideas from places that are succeeding and apply them to the problems we face.
I need your help.
It’s going to take a team effort to win this election – I can’t do it alone. I personally invite you to a campaign kickoff event, Saturday, May 2, 2015, 12 p.m. at 590 Second Street, Manchester, where you will meet other citizens supporting our campaign and the wonderful campaign staff we are building, and of course, talk to me about your hopes and dreams for Manchester. I welcome the opportunity to meet with you and learn more about your concerns for our great city. Free entry. Registration required via email at Alibaba@post.harvard.edu, text message or by calling (603) 339-6768.
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