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11 A Look at the Mayoral Candidates - In their Own Words DENNIS L CLEMONS SR. JAMES FUHRER - CHARLES FRIEND Occupation: Currently work for The Illinois Depart- Occupation: Mayorof the City of Mt. Pulaski. Occupation-I am a Highway Maintainer for the Illinois ment of Transportation, Have been with the Department I recently retired from Eaton Cutler Hammer in Lin- Department of Traz sportation at the Lincoln Opera- over 20 asA Engineer Technician, inspecting road coin, Illinois where I worked for 36 tions Facility. ' years years. and bridge project. Have worked the last 6 years as an I also own and operate a barbershop from my resi- Famib/-My wife and I reside here with our 10 year old Engineer Technician IV supervising bridge painting proj- dence, daughter. My 19 year old son lives in Decatur and will be ects. " Family:. My wife, Debbie, and I wiU be married 37 years attending ISU in the Fall. My oldest daughter and grand- Family: Married wife Jill (Przykopanski) Two son's this Coming November. daughter live in Lincoln. Dennis Jr. and Matthew. We have one son, Todd, and a wonderful daughter-in- Education-I attended Warrensburg-Latham High Education: Graduated in 1976 Taylorville High School law, Tike. They have given us 4 grandchildren - Lily, School and graduated in 1985. After graduation, I lti Associates Degree in Construction Technology Illinois Grace, Ellee, and James Todd. served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1985 to 1989. I o Central College Peoria. I also have a great mother-in-law, Jenny Sams. also attended Richland Community College in Decatur gt EMT licensed State of Illinois (Retired) In the past year, my dad, Paul Fuhrer, and my father- taking A+ Certification and Cisco Networking. Certified Fire Fighter II State of Illinois (Retired) in-law, Jerry Sams, have both passed away. My mother Seeking Office of Mayor, Have you ever served in public li[ Level A H ardous Materials Technician passed away in 1998. These three peoplehave helped me office? No, I have never served in Public Office. it} g National Bridge Inspection Service Certified Inspector tremendously over the years and have helped me become What is your Motivation for.seeking election? My family American Heart Association Certified Instructor . the man I am today, and I like Mt Pulaski, the people, the schools, and so I.d 00 Seeking Office of Mayor, Have you ever served in public Education: I graduated from Mr. Pulaski High School much more. I want to be here to listen to the citizen's ,o office? ' Served as Ward three Alderman during John in 1967. ideas and concerns, and to help resolve any problems that Bates administration and Bill Glaze's first term. I also received computer-prograzftming training from arise. I believe that this community needs and deserves a Served as President of Mt. Pulaski Lions Club 'Lincoln College. strong Leader. Served as Secretary Treasure Phoenix Fire Depart- Seeking Office of Mayor, Have you ever served in public What is your background, experience, or employment ment office? Served as Alderman from April 2001 to Decem- qualifies you to serve the City of Mt Pulaski? As a suc- What is your motivation for making election? I believe ber 2009. Appointed Mayor December 2009. Elected cessful business owner, I learned what it took to run a this is a good city and I would like to see things I see as. Mayor April 2011. business. As a Union Steward, at Diamond Star Motors waste changed. I believe in this city and would like to see What is your motivation for st king election? I enjoy (Mitsubishi), I-was trained and learned from people how it prosper and grow. helping people and helping the City. I also believe that to understand and implement their needs and wants. What in your background, experience or employment our schools are vital to the survival of our city and the And as a Marine, Principles and Leadership Traits were qualifies you to serve the city of Mr. Pulaski? I have worked surrounding area. I believg that for southern Logan instilled in me that I continue to use today. in government for over twenty years. I feel that seeing County to prosper, we have to work together.What spe al strengths do you believe you would bring to how government works gives me at least some insight What in your background, experience or employment the City?. I believe my passion and dedication speaks for as to working with the city council. As I have served as qualifies you to serve the city of Mr. Pulaski? Union Stew- itself. Having a strong conviction for serving everyone Alderman I have experience working with them and feel ard at Eaton - Cutler Hammer for 18 years and served makes me the top candidate to hold the office of Mayor. I will serve the city well. as Committee Vice President for 4 years. This experi- If elected, list in order of importance your three top priori- What special strengths do you believe you would bring to ence gave me the confidence to seek election on the City ties: the city?. I am a hands on person, I like to be involved and Council. I developed the sldlls necessary to bring people Always make myself available to the citizens of Mt feel that the years of volunteer service to the ctty and my together that often had extreme differences of opinion. Pulaski, and make the City Council meetings less restric- years with state government working with contractors, That skill still serves me well, when encouhtering wide rive to people who want to be recognized. Being a good land owners and the general public gives me an insight to differences of 0pinion regarding city government issues, steward to insure that this city makes responsible spend- public policies. I will listen to the citizens and take their What speciql: emnoths do you believe you would bring ing paramount. concerns to the council. : to the cil . Work for the betterment of the City of Mr. Help bring Mt Pulaski to be more family friendly by If elected fist in order of importance your three top priori- Pulaski. That is my strength. Regardless of how bad having family oriented events, such as: car shows, out- ties, things get at times, my first thought is always "what is door markets, improve and stock the City/Township See that the lift station if not already finished is fin- best for the City of Mr. Pulaski". I have always done pond so that we can have events like a fishing tourna- ished, that, and will continue to do that. ment for children. See that the railroads fix the crossings in town. I represent the City on the Regional Planning Commit- Make a more concerted effort to secure grants (or prl- Work with the chamber of commerce and economic tee and also the Lincoln/Logan Community Partnership vote funding) so that we can enhance our Courthouse development to see how we can promote growth in town. Committee. and to solidify this town's direct connection to President Free question: What else flo you want people to know?. If elected list in order of importance your three top priori- Lincoln and to the sights in Springfield to bring more Otiw.r important issues, expand on background and experi- ties. tourism here. ence or address why voters should pick you. Improve and Maintain City. Improve - by encour- Other issues, Why should voters pick you-My wife Would like to see the intersection of Chestnut and 121 aging new businesses to locate in the City. Maintain - and I really like Mt Pulaski, and we hope to retire here. expanded for safer access to and from 121. More busi- by repairing or replacing the aging utility system of the By being a man of my Word, and being as honest as I nesses in town, I do not want to see any empty businesses City. These utilities (Water System, Sewer System, and am, I say what I mean, and I do what I say I'm going to in town especially on the square. Would like to see more Streets) are vitaJ if our City is to grow and prosper. Also, do. These, and many other reasons, should be why the support for the volunteer agencies in town, These are doing what we can to keep our existing businesses open. voters of Mt Pulaski vote for me, Charles Friend, for a very dedicated people who spend countless hours volun- Help sustain our school system. The schools are a vital real FRIEND in office. reefing and I believe we should support them every way part of our City and we must do everything we can to we can. keep them viable. I think voters should vote for me because I feel like we, Maintain the Courthouse and the Historical Society. as a city, need to move forward from the status quo. The Developing a Tree Program that will maintain our exist- Mayor should rely on the citizens to bring their concerns ing trees and plant new trees. A Tree Committee has -,- to the alderman or mayor to be brought up at council been recently formed to provide this service. meetings, and the mayor should never make decisions Free question: What else flo you want people to know?. outside the council. I have over 20 years working with 0that important issues, expand on-background and experi- government and I realize that you cannot change things or address why votom tuld pick you. over night but with the help of the city Council I will be I believe that the Mayor should always place the inter- an effective mayor, est of the City first. That is what I have done over the t past 12 years of Public Service and that is what I will continue to do if I am reelected as your Mayor. -4