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Be a ‘vibrant community again’

Published: Friday, March 29, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
William B. Wescott

During the course of my campaign, without a doubt the most consistently asked question that I have heard while meeting with people is, “Why would you want to be mayor, anyway?”

The answer is easy. This is my hometown, where I was born and raised, and other than being gone for service to my country, I have called it home. I believe in this community and its people. I have no reservations at all that the people of Rock Falls can and will come together to make changes to improve our quality of life, economy, and business climate by working together.

My father use to tell me, you never know what’s going to happen tomorrow, so step up and make a positive difference today. You can stand and wait for someone else to take action, or you can act.

I am running for mayor because I believe that I have the necessary leadership skills to bring the council and community together in a positive manner, and restore direction and purpose to the city of Rock Falls. I understand the challenges and am qualified and ready to work for you, as I have proved by my years of service and community involvement.

Mr. Deibert, my government teacher in high school, use to tell us government is supposed to be the voice of the people, and I believe this to be true. However, many have expressed to me they feel as if they have lost their voice in the process. If we, as a community, are going to prosper, we are not always going to agree on issues, and that is good because it brings a difference of views to each discussion, but in the end, we need to respect each other and work together.

A good start to that end would be the establishment of a citizens advisory committee as a sounding block to help forge ideas. We need to no longer see a barrier between Rock Falls and Sterling, which has existed for way too long. Instead, engage in open lines of communications, with the end results benefiting both of our communities. Not a takeover of our individual historical identities, but benefits in savings to taxpayer dollars and services, if improvements can be made and justified through cost savings.

I want to see our city become a vibrant community again; development on the riverfront; a Main Street program for our business district, a road improvement plan; and most important, citizen involvement in the process.

On April 9, you, the voters, will decide a very important issue involving the future of the city of Rock Falls – who will be the mayor for the next 4 years. This is your chance to have your voice heard.

Please allow me to lead the charge of change. I promise you to always try to do what is in the best interest for the city, and its residents, and to always listen to your input of ideas for improvement. I will value your vote for change.

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