in Feb. 27 primary election
the names to see
unedited position papers from the candidates.)
(Listed in the order
their papers were received)
1st Ward alderman
2nd Ward alderman
3rd Ward alderman
4th Ward alderman
5th Ward alderman
following position papers have been submitted by
mayoral candidates. All candidates were contacted and asked to
participate. The hope in providing this information via this format
is that each candidate is able to express his/her positions that
distinguish the individuals in their run for the office. Lincoln
Daily News believes this format allows the candidates equal
opportunity to state their platforms with minimal media bias.
mayoral candidates are invited to submit for each of the following
2 & 3
16 & 17
Feb. 23 & 24
introduction and general platform
(Unedited position papers from the
Harlow, candidate for
name is Jason Harlow, and I would appreciate your vote on February
am 23 years old, and I have been self employed for over two years
with a nationwide hot air balloon company. I started this company
from scratch when I was 20 years old, and have since seen rapid
keep many animals, most of which are of the exotic type, enjoy
music, and storm chasing.
decided to run for mayor for a number of reasons. I have lived in
Lincoln almost my entire life, and I am not pleased with watching a
good town slowly lose everything that it once had.
at one time had eight major employers, a bustling downtown, and a
population of over 17,000 people. If you will reminisce with me for
a moment, and go back 15 years, Lincoln was a striving community. We
had much to offer residents, and tourists. But what happened ???
are now down to only a small handful of major employers, a downtown
with many vacant buildings, a crumbling road system, and leaders
that do not seem to realize any of this.
recently, Lincoln has lost businesses, Staples, and Stage. What did
the Ritter administration do to try and prevent this from happening
? Personally, I would have sat down with both management and asked
them what is it that Lincoln would be able to offer them to stay.
Perhaps there would have been nothing to change their decision to
leave our city. But how would we know if we didn’t try?
issue that I feel needs addressed is west side fire protection.
Lincoln Fire Department is an excellent department in terms of
manpower and equipment, but in terms of location, they fail
miserably. Currently, it takes approximately 3-8 minutes to reach a
fire or accident scene west of College Street. In inclement weather,
this time is increased further.
Lincoln had a one or two truck station near Woodlawn and Lincoln
Parkway, the response time would be minimal. The faster response
time might make the difference in saving someone’s life.
have any of my opponents shown concern for families and businesses
on the west side of Lincoln?
issue I feel needs addressed in Lincoln, is the growing drug
problem. Day after day, the police records show many arrests on drug
charges. I would like to drive drugs out of Lincoln, once and for
all by proposing strict fines and imprisonment for those who choose
to break the drug laws.
money acquired from these drug users would be used to fund
festivals, street repairs, attract new business, and help rejuvenate
downtown. There would also be a strict policy for repayment of these
fines, to insure that these criminals are punished.
would also like the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of
Lincoln’s youth. At this time, there is no place in which they can
gather at that is safe, and secure. If we do not take care of our
youth now, they will simply leave town when they are older, and
Lincoln will not have the benefit of that population in the future.
rising costs of gasoline, and heating fuels has me very concerned.
It is simply amazing to me, that towns all around us have cheaper
gasoline. I would form a committee to investigate why this is the
way that it is. Lincolnites should not be forced to pay any prices
higher than the surrounding communities.
while visiting some residents, two of the main concerns they voiced
were water bills, and property taxes. There are very easy ways to
remedy both of these concerns.
feel the city government should once again take control over our
water works system, and bring relief to these skyrocketing prices
for a natural resource such as water.
city could also cut property taxes by 1 to 2 %, and use the income
from my drug enforcement policy to more than offset the revenue
loss. I realize that 1 to 2 % is not a drastic amount of money, but
any relief would be helpful to many residents.
conclusion, I have many ideas on how to change our community for the
better, but can not do it without your support. If you are ready for
a change, I ask that you support me, and together we can make
Lincoln, a town that you can be proud to call home.
Mesner, candidate for
name is Stephan A. Mesner and I am a candidate for the Mayor of
Lincoln. I have lived in Lincoln with my wife Debbie and my children
for the past 17 years.
served for two terms as an Alderman in Ward Two, I have been heavily
involved in all aspects of running City government and issues that
we face now and in the future. I see the Office of Mayor as that of
a manager or a facilitator of all matters that come before the city.
This does not mean that I would be managing everything in the city
on a daily basis. Believing in and supporting the Department Heads
to do the job that we expect them to do would be my approach. I will
work with and help the Aldermen to effectively run their assigned
committee positions. I believe that the Department Heads and
Committee Chairs should be in the position of making decisions and
developing all the plans that affect Lincoln.
as to some positions I have. I feel the most important issues that
need to be addressed are:
- No more tax increases until we address our current budget and
remove or lower certain expenses. Freeze all new hiring.
Continue G.O. Bond - Grant Writing
Take the same position as the county has taken as "why rent
when you can buy." By this I mean that we should leave the
radio room and radio operators at the County Complex and move the
Police to other offices. The long term savings are dramatic.
All radio dispatchers should be civilians and not Police Officers.
are simple and the right business decisions. (Note: There
would be no loss of employment with current city employees.)
- The city must address the Fire Department vs. Fire Ambulance
Service. We should not dispatch our Fire Department until
requested by the Ambulance Service when particular assistance is
and Alleys - More street repairs - done by city crews. Hire
summer part-time to do simpler jobs, this would allow utilization of
city crews on major projects.
Parking - Meet with Chamber of Commerce, Main Street, Businesses and
County Officials and resolve this issue.
for Main Street and Chamber of Commerce - Continue to fund, but look
for a long term and established method of funding. For example -
through available legislation I believe we can do this with taxes
collected through motels/hotels.
Burning - Maybe it should not be an issue of whether or not to burn
leaves, but an issue that it is the responsibility of the City to
dispose of them. How will we do that and at what cost? This should
not be an issue that we keep putting off.
Heads - Will there be changes? Yes.
businesses in town - Have a policy to work with businesses and be
flexible. Be for businesses not against.
Businesses - The first step is to have an aggressive Economic
Developer. The Mayor should not be used as a Real Estate Agent
trying to make land deals, but should promote the city and assist
the proper people and agencies to work toward landing new
Commission - A Commission vs. Member of One. The Liquor Commission
should consist of the Mayor and at least two, possibly four other
Ritter, candidate for
as Mayor of Lincoln, IL in May 1997, Mayor Joan C. Ritter bring in
her position a broad experience as a City Official, Businesswoman,
and area Volunteer.
and raised in Galesburg, Illinois
children , four grandchildren
and High School - Galesburg, Illinois
- Marycrest College, Davenport, Iowa 1957-1959
Education - Various Banking Courses
AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
Arena - 13 years; Legislative Committee Clerk, House of
Representatives 1971;Committee Member - Logan County Regional
Planning Commission, IDOT Enhancement Downtown Grant, Lincoln 1993
- Present Member of Illinois State Local Records Commission 1997
Present Member Illinois State Archives Advisory Board 1999, -
Present Gang Task Force Board, Alcohol and Tobacco Task Force,
Lincoln City Planning Commission, The "Oasis" Senior
Citizens ofLogan County, Panel Member Channel 47 At Issue Program,
Property Tax Extension in Legislation- 1997, Co-Chairman Healthy
Community Partnership -1997 to Present, Member of Chamber of
Commerce, Mainstreet, Economic Development Council and Prairie
Gardens Literacy Program Elementary Schools
of Lincoln City Council 1991-1997
Pro Tem, I year
May 1997 to present
Heart and Cancer Fund Drive; Member League of Women Voters-,
Logan-Mason Rehabilitation Center Advisory Board; ALMH Hospital
Volunteer Zonta, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Past Rotary member; PTO
President, Treasurer and Tutor - Northwest Elementary School, Head
Start Volunteer, Treasurer Lincoln Railer Basketball Booster Club
- 4 years
Outstanding Young Woman of America - 1970 Miss Congeniality Beta
Sigma Phi Sorority -1979 Recognized by Illinois State Police
Academy for Spouse Program - 1978 Co-Chairman Lincoln Elementary
District 27 Task Force Actively involved with Elementary Students
- Government and Patriotic Functions Outstanding Service as Public
Official - The American Biographical Institute Instrumental in
obtaining new Business in Lincoln-1997 to present Career to Public
and Community highlighted by becoming 3 91th Mayor of Lincoln, IL
Honorary Alumnus, Lincoln College Alumni Association, May 16, 1998
Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Certification of
Appreciation for continuing to recognize, remember and educate our
children about patriotism and sacrifices all Veterans have made.
Honorary Dan in Taekwondo in appreciation of dedicated service and
outstanding contribution to the development of Taekwondo Honorary
Ringmaster of the 2000 Royal Hanneford Circus presented by Ansar
Temple Springfield, Illinois
plates, cups and saucers, Precious Moments, Possible Dreams
Santa's and antiques.
- A COMMUNITY AGENDA FOR LINCOLN
Sewerage Disposal Plant Upgrading
Cooperation with EPA - contaminated ground, clean air and
Grants - Public Safety, Business and Infrastructure
Development - Expansion, Business, Residential
Cooperative mode in general
Fiscal stability and accountability
Fults, candidate for
would like to serve you the People. I will listen to your concerns
and work to solve or help your problems.
City Council Member
at Lincoln Community High School
Aviation One Instructor (Summer Youth Program)
State University (Math, P.E. and Recreation)
State University (Special Education)
of Illinois (Master of Education Administration)
Fults - 18
James Fults - 16
Fults - 14
and Susie Fults
Robert and Susan Fults
and Doody Newberry
and Jean Peters
never ending search for Big Businesses and Small Businesses will
continue to be a focus for every Administration for the future of
the Community. I will work closely with the Chamber of Commerce and
Main Street in this effort.
need Cooperation between the Mayor's Office and all Businesses in
the Community. We must work with each other to solve our differences
in an effective cooperative manner.
Safe and Comfortable Community should be maintained. The Finest
Police Department, yet fiscally responsible, is the goal of my
must continue to update this Department. We must never let our guard
down and fall behind in new methods and techniques.
Ban or Not to Ban"?, that
is the Question.
Ban" -- Then
the City would have to pick up the leaves at no cost to the
to Ban" -- Then
the City needs to stay as they are now or have designated days to
burn (one weekend per month on alternating sides of the City.) A
Person will then know the days of burning in the designated areas.
Factor: Small Children tend to play in large piles of leaves in
the yard and in the street. The life of one Child can never be
compromised in the Disposal of Leaves and the Burning
FOR THE FUTURE:
must have a Long Term and Short Term Plan for the Upgrade and
Replacement of our Sewer Drains, Streets, Vehicles and all other
Equipment. Every Department should implement a Five-Year Plan.
Service will make "Lincoln Look Good" and help
People dispose of their junk. When this activity was stopped, junk
started to pile up again. This is a great service to the People.
as your Mayor will be a fair and impartial individual. I will listen
to both sides of an issue and try to come to a solution to solve the
problem and benefit the community as a whole.
Davis, candidate for
Citizens of Lincoln, IL:
am writing to inform you of my decision to run for Mayor of the City
of Lincoln, and I am asking for your support. I am a life-long
resident of Lincoln, Logan County, and wish to contribute the best I
can to the betterment and safety of the Citizens of this fine City.
I would like to introduce myself and give you some background
information about me and the issues for which I stand. Besides being
highly motivated and energetic, I am fair and honest and look at all
sides of a situation before making a decision. I support an
open-door policy whereby concerned citizens and business owners may
reach me. I will listen to your concerns and suggestions and
implement them to the best of my ability, taking all concerns into
consideration. I offer a different, and I believe better, choice for
the residents and business owners in Lincoln, IL, and know I will do
my utmost for you if given the chance. Please note my personal
and voting member of the Logan County Health Department Board
of the Public Aid Appeals Board for Logan County
to "Main Street Lincoln" for Logan County
County Board’s Representative for the "Looking for
of the Building and Grounds Committee
of the Logan County Planning and Zoning Commission
Member of the Insurance and Legislative Committee
believe in an open-door policy and a "delegation" style of
management. It is how I have always managed and will continue to do
so if elected Mayor. If we, as Citizens of Lincoln, have placed our
trust and confidence in our Fire Chief, Police Chief, Street
Department Superintendent, City Engineer, City Building Inspector,
and other professionals who have to make very wise and important
decisions in the day-to-day operations of our fine City, we need to
trust them to use their training expertise and professional
judgments in managing their respective departments with the
knowledge that they will perform to the best of their ability or
otherwise be held accountable to the ten City Council Members
representing the citizenry of Lincoln, IL. If elected Mayor of this
fine City, I will not pretend to know everything about the Engineer,
Fire, Police, and Street Departments’ day-to-day operations nor
will I require the department heads to "clear" through me
on a daily basis every decision they wish to implement in their
respective departments. Yes, I will insist each department head
contact me if my input and direction are needed regarding an issue
and if it will have a grave impact upon our Citizens and/or City
administration. But I do not believe in micro-managing our City’s
department heads’ decision-making abilities when our department
heads have extensive training and many years of experience to their
credit, which, in my opinion, are necessary prerequisites in
managing specific, trained groups of professionals. I don’t hold
an engineering, firefighting, nor policing/criminology degree, and
I, for one, do not believe it is the Mayor’s job to give daily
directives/orders to department heads when the Citizens of this City
have elected ten competent Council Members to democratically make
decisions regarding important issues affecting our City. I want to
enhance our City government’s performance increase City employee
morale. We, as Citizens, should want the very best city government
we can achieve. I believe happy employees are productive employees
and in order to bring out the best in everyone, is to allow them to
perform their job duties to the best of their abilities--allowing
them to give input in a team member fashion, and instill pride in
their accomplishments for the Citizens they are working for and
believe the City of Lincoln does not need a full time Mayor at this
point in time, nor has our city had need of one in decades past. The
Mayor’s responsibilities are to promote a positive image of our
fair city to others, obtain ideas from citizens and business owners
for improvements and enhancements to our city, to serve as an
ambassador to various events throughout the community, state, and
federal arenas, instill pride in our City Employees for the jobs
they perform, to increase morale throughout the City’s
administration, to preside over City Council Meetings and to break
tie-votes when our ten elected Alderpersons are not able to reach a
am a pro-business individual and, if elected Mayor, will work with
business and civic leaders, the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of
Commerce, and Logan County Board to create an industrial park to
entice large industry to locate in Lincoln, IL, thus providing more
higher paid jobs for our Citizens. I will work with current business
owners to retain their businesses in Lincoln through grants and
incentives to increase their revenues.
will promote increased community policing within our city for safer
children, elderly, and disabled citizens.
have many other issues of concern I will address in forthcoming
letters to You—Citizens and Business Owners within the City of
Lincoln. My goal, if elected as your next Mayor, is to bring forth
trust, friendliness, professionalism, and pride for which our great
City was christened 147 years ago. I bring a new and better
leadership style to the City I love and have resided in all my life.
you would like to assist me in this endeavor, you are more than
welcome. A team effort is always the best way to achieve a goal.
Together, we can make a better Lincoln – a Lincoln with positive,
open communication among our Citizens, City Council, Businesses, and
Mayor’s Office for the betterment of all.
you for your consideration of my candidacy for Mayor of Lincoln,
A. "Beth" Davis,
North Kickapoo Street
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Candidates for other city offices
Plotner, candidate for
name is Les Plotner and I am currently Treasurer for the City of
Lincoln. I have held the treasurer's job since 1994 when I was
appointed to the post by Former Mayor, John Guzzardo. I was
subsequently elected to the office four year's ago And sincerely
feel that I have been helpful to the City in that capacity.
in Lincoln know about my past experience as the Superintendent of
Schools for the Lincoln Elementary School District #27 over a period
of 26 years. I also served two years as Ass't. Superintendent prior
to assuming the head job in 1968. In addition, I Was a teacher/coach
at Lincoln Jr. High School and Central School for a total of seven
years from 1956-1963. During the period from 1963-1966 1 served as
SuperintendentPrincipal of Chester-East Lincoln School District.
my year's in school administration I had the opportunity to work a
great deal with school finances creating fiscal year budgets,
administering state and federal grant programs, projecting
future revenues and expenditures, negotiating with the teacher's
organization, and serving as an educational leader for a staff of
140 people. During my tenure as Superintendent in District #27, the
school population went from a total of 2150 students to
approximately 1400 when I retired in 1994. When I left the school
district I Left it in good financial shape thanks to the people of
Lincoln who understand the need to adequately fund the children's
education in our city.
treasurer, I have the task of investing surplus revenues for the
City and also make investments for both the Police and Firemen's
Pension Funds. Usually, the City has about $3,000,000 plus invested
at all times and both pension funds have in excess of $7,000,000
plus invested at all times. I must follow the investment guidelines
of both the City Council and the Trustees of the pension funds as
well as the State of Illinois when investing all funds. All funds
must be properly collateralized with pension funds requiring
government backing for their funds. In addition, I make monthly
reports to the City Council to keep them abreast of the current
status of revenues and/or expenditures as compared to the fiscal
two year's ago I discovered that the sales tax distribution was not
correct for the City of Lincoln in that a portion of our sales tax
revenues were being incorrectly distributed to Logan County instead
of to Lincoln. The gain in sales tax revenues has been quite
substantial since that discovery.
feel I am qualified for the City Treasurer's position in Lincoln and
hope the voters in Lincoln feel the same was about my candidacy in
the February election.
Josserand, candidate for
have lived in Logan County all of my 64 years. I have worked for the
citizens of Lincoln first as Accounts Payable, Payroll Clerk and
Deputy Clerk for sixteen years. I was then appointed to complete
Robert Madigan's unfinished term February of 1987. 1 ran and was
elected to the City Clerk's position in May, 1989, May 1993, May
1997 and am seeking one more term, to begin May of 2001. 1 begin my
thirty-first year the f first of March, 2001. 1 feel I have brought
a lot of experience and knowledge to the office. I was instrumental
In having the drop boxes placed on Kickapoo Street for payments of
all city bills. I have recently installed a document scanner to
eventually get all of the papers and records that need to be kept,
stored either on discs or stored in the memory of the computer
attached to the scanner.
originally campaigned to be a Clerk who would uphold all city
ordinances and State Statutes In a fair and consistent manner. I
have always been sympathetic to the needs of the citizens of
Lincoln, but also realize I have been elected to carry out the laws
of our city. My office handles all city payroll, payment of claims
against the city, all birth and death certificates occurring In
Logan County, keeper of the records for the City and I as the
liaison between the Citizens of Lincoln and the City Council.
office staff assists with questions from the public and either
answers those questions or transfers then to someone who can
possibly be of help to them. I have a very effective staff who
handles a lot of questions and comments regarding the city and I
know they do a great job. We are here to serve and I would like to
continue to do so.
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