Schwartzman to seek second term as Galesburg Mayor

Peter Schwartzman announced in an email and Facebook post Wednesday that he will run for Mayor again in April 2025, making him the first candidate to publicly declare.

Listing accomplishments from his past three years in office, Schwartzman cites “improved safety”, “tackling pensions head-on”, “tackled fiscal responsibility seriously” and “beautified Galesburg.”

Prior to becoming Mayor, Knox College Professor of Environmental studies Schwartzman, held the 5th Ward Alderman seat for 10 years.

Schwartzman won his first term in a three-way race between two-term incumbent John Pritchard and Kristine Crow, ending up 47% of the vote, over Pritchard’s 41% and Crow’s 12%.

In his announcement Schwartzman says “the future for Galesburg is very bright and I hope to play a part in making it the ‘best city to live in’.”

Other local races to be decided in 2025 are City Clerk and Alderpersons in Wards 2, 4, and 6.

Schwartzman’s full statement is below.