SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Johnnie Ray Mcknight officially announced his candidacy for the Mayor of Springfield on Friday at Shakago Martini & Piano Bar in Springfield. He told 22News “the people need a new voice.” He’s promising free full-day Pre-K, a tax break for tech businesses, and a decrease in gang violence.
Mcknight said the city’s crime problem is tied to poverty and lack of education. “The violence stems from the lack of education and opportunities. So first we have to address that. We have a lot of kids dropping out every single year, out of high school. So we have to first address these issues, Mcknight said.
According to a campaign Mcknight campaign flier, he’s proposing a residency requirement for city officials, with pay incentives based on performance. He wants to provide more City Hall access and give the public the ability to hold their representatives accountable.
Springfield’s Primary Election takes place on April 7, 2015.