For more info go to www.dejesus07.com but here's my Bio Raul De Jesus, Jr. a “True son of Hartford”, born and raised in Hartford, CT. by his two loving parents. Raul Sr. and Marisol have maintained their relationship for more than 25 years. Raul, his brother (Miguel), and four sisters (Maria, Carmen, Daisy, and Brenda) were raised in Charter Oak Terrace Housing Projects. After moving out the projects, his family moved around Hartford 11 different times. Adjusting to different environments and having to move each time he felt comfortable, became stressful. But it was not all bad; it made him more versatile and very sociable at a young age. There were times he wished his parents owned their own home because of all the moving around. They felt the same, but they just could not afford it. Raul would say to himself, “If they can’t, one day I will.” People would always tell him his expectations were too high. He went back to Charter Oak Housing Projects and joined a boxing program (C.O.B.A.) that operated out of Y.M.C.A. Raul stated “Boxing was not hard, what was hard was looking across the street,” referring to his old neighborhood. He would see his friends and neighbors moving out, and workers moving in to board up the apartments. He then added, “When I have kids, I am going to take them back and I’m sure they would ask, you were raised in this shopping plaza?” The housing projects and gym were demolished and replaced by a shopping plaza, educational complex, and Hartford Housing Authority offices. One thing that stood with him was a quote that his coach would say to him, “It’s not how you start, its how you finish.” This quote would later be what sparked his motivation in life and with his hard work it is becoming a blueprint of his life. He knew that the only way he was going to succeed in life was by working hard, so he started early. At the age of ten, Raul began bagging groceries to earn customer tips, cleaning windows, and selling candy bars wherever he was allowed. He made enough money to buy his first pair of brand name sneakers and clothes for school. He said, “I did it because I wanted to help my parents out, they already had too many bills.” He learned how to become a hard worker at a young age. At the age of 14, he landed a summer job at The Institute of Community Research as a Youth Researcher. At the Institute he collected information that affects the youth, from drugs, gangs, low self-esteem, teen pregnancy, and other problems that affect youth productivity to society. While attending Hartford Public High School , he put into practice the quote that fueled and drove him. Raul worked hard to become the Junior Class President and he succeeded. During his presidency he encouraged the Junior Class Officers to get involved with a project for a fallen soldier called Felix Del Greco Beautification Project. Raul stated “I wanted to make our school a better place, by helping improve the community around it”. During his senior year he became a member of the City of Hartford Youth Commission where he served as the Commission Treasurer. Later that same year he was elected to the Office of Justice Of the Peace. In school he accumulated enough credits to be dismissed half a day. At the age of 17, still attending high school, Raul was offered a job at the Mayor’s Office and he accepted. Raul stated, “Working for Mayor Perez administration was an eye opening experience, you need to see it and experience it, to believe it”. While working at the Mayor’s Office he felt he needed to answer questions within himself. So he transferred to the Hartford Police Department were he is currently employed. At the age of 19, Raul made the biggest purchase of his life, acquiring a two family home where he and his family could settle down without interruption in the “Always Welcoming” Parkville Neighborhood. This may have possibly made him one of Hartford ’s youngest taxpayers and homeowners. “It’s not how you start, its how you finish”. As Mayor of the City of Hartford he wants to restore the image of this beautiful city. He wants to be the ears to those whose voices are not being heard. “We have a voice, but we are being ignored”. He knows we have to come together to make this city a better place for all. He added, “When you sort out the grains, it becomes pure. City Hall is where we need to start”. He wants this city to be a safe, welcoming, and attractive capital city.