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January 5, 2014

Re-election decision to be made mid-year

Fairchild overpass, economic development top 2014 focuses

Mayor Scott Eisenhauer can’t believe how fast the last 12 years he’s been mayor have gone. He still says he doesn’t feel like he’s coming into work every day.

“I love it. I do love the job immensely,” he said.

Come 2014, however, he will have to make the decision again about whether he will seek re-election in 2015. His current four-year term ends with the April 2015 election.

Eisenhauer said he’s not decided yet, but some issues in 2014 still could sway his decision.

One of those is if a gambling expansion bill is approved for a casino to be located in Danville.

Eisenhauer said he’ll make a decision by late spring, early summer and after the city’s budget talks about whether he’ll seek re-election.

The two main things that will impact his decision are the thoughts and future plans of “the (city administration) team,” and if he has another four-year agenda in mind. He said each time he’s run, he’s had an agenda of items in mind that he’d like to see accomplished.

“I will follow that same format,” he said.

As long as he’s comfortable with those things, he will run again.

He also wants to make the best decision for the city, in addition to himself professionally and personally.

Eisenhauer said he doesn’t have another job lined up if he doesn’t seek re-election.

Eisenhauer said his focus during the next four to five months will be on the city’s 2014-2015 budget.

“That requires my complete attention,” he said.

Once the budget process is completed, with the new budget to go into effect May 1, “we’ll make a decision whether or not to run for re-election,” Eisenhauer said.

“I love my job,” he reiterated. “I continue to have a fierce passion for the city.”

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