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|Differing Views on Leadership at Mayoral Debate
|The three candidates for Galesburg mayor have different views on how to lead the city, and a function of government that helps them lead.
The Council-Manager form of government came up a number of times at Tuesday night's debate at Knox College, broadcast live on WGIL.
Former alderman Margaret Hall says if she were elected, she'd get feedback that the city manager can use.
"I feel it would be my duty to go out and talk to businesses, to all the different organizations, to find out what the heartbeat of the community is," Hall said. "Then, go back and have individual conversations with each of the council people."
And then, Hall says, bring those findings to the City Manager to help shape policy.
WGIL owner John Pritchard says he feels there are two city managers right now: the hired one, and the mayor, and that's not good.
"The council-manager [form of] government was designed to prevent politicians from inserting themselves in that management process," Pritchard said. "That's clearly happened here."
Incumbent Sal Garza says he's worked to fix the process.
"I came to understand that those lines had been skewed," Garza said. "For me, it's been taking it back to the intended structure that was put in place. In that structure, I believe we provide good governance."
In terms of economic development, Pritchard says the city's process has become too political. Hall says not enough attention is paid to local and small businesses, and Garza says he hasn't yet fully implemented his economic development plan, but if elected, he will.
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(Mayoral candidates Margaret Hall, Sal Garza, and John Pritchard took part in a debate Tuesday at Knox College. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
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