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|Galesburg Mayor Announces Re-Election Bid; Download Smith and Garza Campaign Announcements Here
|What he thought might be an easy decision ended up being one that was anything but.
But Galesburg Mayor Gary Smith says he's settled on it: he's running a second term. Smith was first elected almost four-years ago, beating then-incumbent Mayor Bob Sheehan -- a race he got into, Smith says, because he didn't want to see an incumbent go unopposed.
Smith tells WGIL he decided he has to run for another term because there's a lot left unfinished. "There are a lot of things going on right now -- everything from the neighborhood improvement programs which we've really escalated over the years, to the (rail crossing) grade separations, to the quiet safety zones, new downtown economic improvement program, and of course, economic development," Smith said. "When I really thought about it, and talked to my family about it, I'd like to be around to see some of these things come to fruition."
Smith says he got the blessing of his family in deciding to run again, and says he would likely understand if either of his opponents -- Sal Garza or Nathan Rockhold -- were to win and not him. He says he likes that there's plenty of opposition in the April election.
To hear Mayor Gary Smith's full interview with WGIL's Will Stevenson announcing his re-election bid, CLICK HERE (mp3 format).
To hear Sal Garza's campaign announcement on Saturday, October 4, CLICK HERE (mp3 format).
To visit Nathan Rockhold's campaign website, CLICK HERE.
(Mayor Gary Smith, speaking at an exhibit of fallen Illinois soldiers' portraits July 2.)
(Sal Garza during his campaign announcement October 4. WGIL News file photos by Will Stevenson. No photo available for Nathan Rockhold.)
|10 08 08 by Newsroom
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