DANVILLE — An incumbent Ward 3 alderman is being challenged by a former city employee and one of the plaintiffs who changed the form of city government in 1987.
R.J. Davis is challenging Bill Gilbert for the seat.
Gilbert enjoys helping residents resolve issues.
Davis would love to be an alderman and serve under the form of government he helped create.
The Commercial-News sent election questionnaires to the candidates running for alderman in the April 9 city election.
Gilbert said he’s running for a third term “because I feel that since I have been on the city council the city of Danville has begun to move forward. I feel that I have helped contribute to the success that the city of Danville has had. I also enjoy representing the residents in Ward 3 ….”
“I want the privilege to be an alderman,” Davis said.
Davis wants to start regular Ward 3 meetings and keep residents informed of city government business.
He wants more interaction between neighborhood associations, too.
Gilbert said the three biggest issues facing the city council are: the unemployment rate; crime rate; and road repair and maintenance.
Gilbert says the city needs to continue to work with Vermilion Advantage to continue to entice businesses to locate here. The city also needs to continue to work with Danville Area Community College to train citizens so they are able to work in today’s workforce.
“The city also must continue to work with the state to make the laws of this state friendlier to businesses so they will locate and stay in Danville,” he said.
As for crime, Gilbert said the city has continued to work hard at lowering the crime rate by creating a Problem Oriented Policing unit to target high crime areas.
“This has helped and I plan to continue to support the police department in solving the high crime issues. Crime may also be high due to the high unemployment rate that we have. So the city must still work on the unemployment,” Gilbert said.