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|Roknich In As Galesburg Mayoral Candidate
|The field of candidates for Galesburg Mayor is nearing a dozen now, with the addition of a Galesburg native who returned home several years ago.
Local resident and web site designer David Roknich confirms he is the tenth candidate for Galesburg mayor, and is currently circulating petitions, though he doesn't plan to issue a formal announcement until Friday.
Roknich says he hopes to be fully entrenched in his position by the time he's able to complete all the work in order to place a question on the 2011 election ballot asking residents if they support the elimination of the council-manager form of government.
Roknich says he has nothing personal against current City Manager Dane Bragg, but believes his job isn't needed, and that Bragg is paid an amount equal to 105% of the national average.
He says that's just one example of plenty of expenses that are "not scaled to the size of this town."
Roknich says he'd like the city to be, in some respects, an employer of last resort, providing residents who need money with things like part-time janitorial work instead of rent assistance.
Roknich, who was a vocal critic of the Galesburg Regional Economic Development Association at the city council meeting where aldermen voted to terminate its contract with them, worked with a Knox College publication, and had a number of jobs in other states, including a stint at the University of Iowa, before returning to Galesburg in 2006.
Roknich was the second person to confirm a run on Tuesday - Knox College Journalism Professor Marilyn Webb was reportedly another, though she has yet to return W-G-I-L's calls seeking comment.
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