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‘I am ready to take the next step’

My name is Tom Nauman. I am 57 years old, and I have lived in Amboy all my life. I am running for mayor of the city of Amboy. I have been an alderman for the city for more than 25 years and have served under seven mayors.

Some accomplishments completed while serving are two new water plants, a new sports park, downtown beautification, and landfill annexation. 

Les Kellen, a previous city alderman for 50 years, once told me that he didn’t need to become mayor because he thought he could get more done by serving as alderman. I believe that was true at the time, but now think times have changed, and I am ready to take the next step.

I think you need to keep up on issues and keep throwing things on the table that you can do within your means. Some things can be accomplished without spending. I think the greatest challenges ahead are creating new revenues, enforcing and updating ordinances, and bringing new business to town.

In our structure of government, only the mayor can direct our police officers to pursue any city ordinance violations, and I know we need to work on that. Owners of abandoned homes and buildings must be made to be responsible for upkeep of their property. I think the way we conduct our business of doing business within the city council needs to change. 

We have many assets in our community, including our schools, churches, Amboy Health Care, KSB Clinic, Dental Clinic, Hometown Pharmacy, Sensient Flavors, and various other stores and businesses. Our town needs to continue to grow and create new opportunities.

We have a very good staff and working crew employed by the city. I think by working together, many good things are accomplished.

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