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|Election Profile: Candidates for Knoxville 3rd Ward Alderman
|Two candidates will be on the April 9th ballot for Third Ward Alderman in Knoxville.
There is currently one seat available with current Alderman Rob Derham vacating the position after his term is up.
Both candidates says they're very happy with the way the City Council is run and the work they've been doing, they simply just want to be apart of the process.
Toby Myers was born and raised in Knoxville and ran for Alderman when he was in his early twenties, losing to the incumbent.
Dennis Brown has lived in Knoxville since 1990 and was unable to run for local office because he simply didn't have the time, but now that he's retired he has all the time he needs.
Both candidates say they're interested in Economic Development for the City and Brown tells WGIL it's going to be a hard sell but there's one must have Knoxville is missing.
"Economic Development is a big thing," Brown said. "Knoxville's biggest problem as I see it, as far as developing the community, is its proximity to Galesburg. Right now, we don't have a grocery store in town, and that's a big issue. We want a grocery store in town, but I think that's going to be a tough one."
Myers agrees a Grocery store would be nice but he tells WGIL it can go even further.
"I think with the new high school being built, and our new track and field, we'll have more outsiders coming in, especially for track meets we've never had," Myers said. "Having different restaurants and places to go to eat or shop would benefit all the residents."
Myers says any sort of mom and pop shop type store would be great to have in Knoxville.
Both candidates recognize getting any sort of business small or large to invest in Knoxville will be hard with Galesburg is such close proximity.
Neither candidate is looking to come into the new council and shake things up; they're both looking to just add their ideas.
To hear more of our interviews with the two candidates, CLICK HERE (mp3 format).
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first in a series of candidate profiles that will be airing on WGIL the next week-and-a-half, and will also be posted online at WGIL.com. Extended candidate profiles will air weekdays at 5:35pm on the WGIL Morning News through April 5th. We'll also post audio downloads of our interviews here on WGIL.com. --Will Stevenson, News Director
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