Lt. governor candidate Kerrigan visits Lawrence
Sara Brown // September 26, 2014
LAWRENCE — Steve Kerrigan, the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor, learned about Lawrence's small businesses Thursday morning on a walk through South Union Street.
"I've heard some great success stories today," Kerrigan said.
Kerrigan, who is running alongside Attorney General Martha Coakley, first stopped at Carlos and Maria's Bakery and immediately marveled at the beautiful cakes on display.
"That's beautiful," he said pointing to a purple cake covered in handmade frosted flowers.
Gov. Deval Patrick, State Rep. Marcos Devers, and Mayor Dan Rivera joined Kerrigan for the morning. The owner of the bakery, Carlos Alba, received one of Lawrence's small business loans. Part of the agreement of the loan is that he takes classes at Northern Essex Community College.
"It was a great help. You could have a million dollars, but you still need to be educated to succeed," Alba said.
It's that connection between education and small business that Kerrigan believes in.
"Governor Patrick was the first person to get the connection between the two. Martha Coakley and I want to continue that," Kerrigan said. "To allow people to go to a community college and expand their skills is good for the economy."
Kerrigan also visited the South Union Meat Market and Diamond Cutz Barber Shop.
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