DANVILLE — Ward 7 voters have a choice for alderman between a seasoned alderman who’s been on the city council for 20 years and a newcomer who says he wants to be an honest representative of the voters.
Ward 7 Alderman Steve Foster is being challenged by Al Reynolds. Reynolds ran unsuccessfully against state Sen. Mike Frerichs three years ago for the 52nd district seat.
The Commercial-News sent questionnaires to candidates running for alderman in the April 9 city election.
Foster said he’s running for alderman again because, “after my careful review (of comments, texts and videos on his website covering the past 20 years) I am proud to see I have obviously taken sound and insightful positions and votes on scores of issues. Beneficial progress has been made for the advancement of Danville and I am honored to have contributed. I know I can, and should, continue to work for our city’s great future with the same acumen.”
Reynolds said “the city council needs new and fresh ideas and solutions to current issues. (The council needs) to be open to new ideas that may be outside the box, but just might have validity in solving our economic mess. I am willing to listen to any ideas and plans from the public. There are a lot of intelligent citizens who have good ideas but just don’t want to get involved in the political arena.”
Foster said about the biggest issues facing the city council, “common issues of previous years are currently being addressed in a sound progressive manner. Considering national economic and unemployment crises, Danville is in healthier condition than many cities. Issues are always taxes, jobs, cost of living. Yet we’ve managed to continue without increases in property taxes and cost of living here is less than surrounding cities. Progress in attracting retail growth with new jobs has allowed minimum reduction of services and still meeting rising expenses. We should continue fiscally sound management while increasing our viability as a respectable and attractive place to live and work. I would cultivate this approach.”