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|Mayor Candidates Discuss Knox College and its Role in Galesburg
|Knox College might have been a good venue for a forum featuring the candidates for Galesburg Mayor, since at least some attention was given to Knox College students.
Specifically, at least one of the questions at Wednesday night's forum with eight of the nine candidates focused on how to get Knox College graduates to stay in town after graduation. Knox students are said to be a potentially important voting bloc because, among other reasons, candidate Marilyn Webb is employed by the college.
Webb says she thinks it's critical for Knox students to be in Galesburg. "People at Knox need to be engaged in creating what a sense of city would be like for them to want to be here," Webb said. "The way I see it, if I'm mayor, the first think I want to do, and I've said this before, is to create a youth commission."
The City of Galesburg already has a youth commission, though, none of its members are youth, but it primarily deals with needs and concerns of youth.
Candidate Eric Delawder says he believes the key will be the city getting the jobs Knox grads will want. "The graduates from Knox need some high-tech jobs, some technology jobs, some bio-technology, higher education, learning, possibly, if they could get masters degree programs, could retain some," Delawder said.
Several candidates talked about the need for there to be things like volunteer opportunities for students, and for them to at least be given a picture of what the community outside the Knox campus has to offer
Of the nine candidates, David Roknich was the only one not to attend.
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(Margaret Hall speaks at a podium Wednesday night while the remaining seven candidates in attendance listen. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
|04 02 09 by Newsroom
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