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Letters to the Editor

‘Keep our city moving forward’

David H. Blanton
David H. Blanton

My name is David H. Blanton, and I am a candidate for re-election to the office of mayor in the city of Rock Falls. I am a lifelong resident of Rock Falls and bring to the office of mayor years of experience in the private and political sector on a local, state and national level.

On the local level, I have served as Scoutmaster for Troop 188 for several years, then as district activities chairman. As a member of Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce, I have served and chaired a number of committees, was elected president twice, and served one term as chairman of the board. I have served on the board of directors of Winning Wheels and was one of the founders of NICIL. I am past president of Rock Falls Rotary and worked with other community organizations.

On the state level, I was appointed by Gov. Jim Edgar to the advisory board for spinal core and brain trauma, serving 3 years. I was elected and presently am serving my third term on the Illinois State Tax Incremental Board and second term on the Illinois Municipal Electric Board of Directors.

On the federal level, I was elected and served three terms representing five Midwest states on the American Public Power Association Policies Committee, which oversees federal legislation in the electric power sector nationwide.

Under my administration over the last 8 years, we have had a balanced budget, no increase in city taxes, no layoffs, no cuts in services, debt paid down, upgrades in services, clean-up of the riverfront, construction of a new waste treatment plant, and the list goes on.

I have worked very hard to find and utilize grants to the best advantages to our city taxpayers and ratepayers. Home improvement and rehab totaled more than $2.2 million, riverfront more than $4 million, electric/fiber more than $850,000, and also helped CGH get the highest speed fiber in the area.

The new waste treatment plant savings in interest payments alone was more than $15.5 million over the next 20 years, helping to keep rates lower. We have completed more than $4.4 million in road work in my administration, with more than $3.3 million paid by grants. More than $25.5 million in grants under my administration show what years of experience and proven leadership have accomplished.

Let’s keep our great city moving forward the next 4 years as it has over the last 8 years. I appreciate your vote April 9 for proven leadership and experience.

Re-elect Mayor David H. Blanton.

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