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March 24, 2013

Puhr, Ostiguy square off in Ward 5

DANVILLE — Ward 5 Alderman Mike Puhr cites his knowledge and experience in being part of city government for three terms as reasons why he will continue to make a good alderman.

He says he’s “accessible and responsive to my constituents’ concerns, and involved in neighborhood groups and meetings. I take this position very seriously and I vote after carefully reviewing the issues and weighing the impacts of my decisions.”

Puhr is being challenged in the April 9 city election by newcomer Janis Ostiguy.

The Commercial-News sent out election questionnaires concerning local issues.

Ostiguy said she’s running for alderman because “I believe it is our duty to be involved to help lead our community. I have been attending city council meetings as well as department meetings for the past two years.”

She said she became “interested and intrigued about the process of running our city and our country.

“I cannot do much at the national level other than vote, so I decided to start becoming actively involved in local government,” Ostiguy said.

“I feel I would be a good alderman as I am organized, good at problem solving, enthusiastic and passionate about the city of Danville. I have been here all my life and love Danville,” she said.

Puhr adds that he is running again for alderman “to serve and give back to not only Ward 5 but the entire city. I was brought up to put service above self, and being a public servant is an excellent way to make this happen.”

Both agree that one of the city’s biggest issues to address is infrastructure.

Puhr said the three biggest issues facing the city council are: uncertainty of revenues (particularly state); pensions, Illinois Muncipal Retirement Fund costs and health insurance; and the city’s aging infrastructure.

Puhr said the uncertainty of state and other revenues will prove to be another

challenge in the coming years.

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