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Robert Lawson broadcasts candidacy for Harrisburg Metropolis Council – PennLive

A real-estate professional and lifelong Harrisburg resident has announced his candidacy for city council.

Robert Lawson, 48, has thrown his hat in the ring to run for Harrisburg City Council in the May Primary.

Lawson, a Democrat, said he takes pride in his home city, but noted he is disheartened by a decline over the past decade.

“As a member of Harrisburg City Council, my goals include reimagining a Harrisburg that works for all citizens, reconnecting our neighborhoods and rebuilding our city block by block,” Lawson said. “I want us to build a Harrisburg our children will be proud to call home.”

Before launching his 24-year career in real estate, Lawson attended Bishop McDevitt High School and Central Penn Business College and is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He began his career with Real Estate Mortgage Resources, gaining the background to create the only minority-owned real estate company in the city at that time. He’s now a new home advisor for Keystone Custom Homes.

“As a seasoned real estate professional and entrepreneur, I am passionate about advancing affordable housing and economic empowerment for all citizens,” he said.

Lawson said he is running for office because he wants to see the removal of blight in Harrisburg in a coordinated effort between the city and private investors. He also wants to work to expand homeownership in the city with safe and affordable housing and provide financial incentives for current tenants and professionals to buy property the city. And he wants to provide economic opportunities for all residents. These are goals that he said can be met with this “Buy Back Our Block” initiative.

Lawson is a board member of the East Shore YMCA and is an associate minister with St. Paul’s Missionary Baptist Church. He is married with four children.

More information can be found on his campaign’s Facebook page.

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