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|Election Profile: Ward 6 Challengers Look To Upset Incumbent
|The Ward 6 seat is up for election this April and two challengers are looking to unseat long time incumbent, Wayne Allen.
Bob Miller and Bob Bainter believe twelve years on the Galesburg City Council is long enough, and that's why they have decided to run.
Allen tells WGIL that the monthly budget work sessions are crucial to improving the dialogue.
"We have a healthy reserve and we build reserves for a time when it's needed, I think we need to use that reserve to catch everything up and put it in place while we're waiting on more dollars to come in from growth," says Allen.
Allen went on to say that he comes prepared to the City Council meetings, which moves the process along more quickly.
Improving Ward 6 will be at the top of the candidates lists.
Ward 6 candidate Bob Miller tells WGIL that the budget is important, but it's not what the Council should be focusing on.
"We need to find a way to grow the City and lower the unemployment, that is really the only way we can effectively afford more of the things the City needs and in general the median disposable income has gone down on average so we can't really afford to be raising taxes on these people," says Miller.
One of Allen's other challengers works for the railroad in town. Bob Bainter says that Galesburg has shaped his life and wants to offer that same pleasure to others.
He tells WGIL that he believes a lot of people are concerned about the tax level.
"The Council has talked in the past that people in the City deserve a level of service and expect a level of service and I almost wonder if that level of service is based on the way the City used to be with all of the business that was here when I was younger," says Bainter.
Voters will get to decide in April 9th's Consolidated Election.
To hear extended interviews with the candidates, CLICK HERE (mp3 format).
|03 29 13 by Newsroom
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