As most of you probably have ascertained by now, I am officially
announcing I will not be seeking re-election for a third term as
mayor of this great city. I have received an exciting opportunity to
pursue the career I began 32 years ago. For the past 28 years I have
lived my life around Lincoln City Council meetings and Logan County
Board meetings, and my health, finances and family relationships
have suffered because of it. Do not be mistaken, I love Lincoln,
Ill., and only wish it the very best. But it is time I move on to
live the rest of my life. I am leaving this honorable post with the
thoughts that I have made a positive difference in the lives of our
citizens, as well as have been instrumental in bringing new economic
growth to our community. During my two terms as mayor, some of the
commissions I established are as follows:
Lincoln Sesquicentennial Commission
Lincoln Heritage Days Commission and
4th of July Celebrations
Mayor's Commission on Disabilities,
Seniors, Veterans and Youth
Lincoln Historic Homes and Buildings
Lincoln Beautification Commission
Grants and Legislative Commission, and other city commissions
Sesquicentennial Commission was a wonderful celebration of
Abraham Lincoln's christening of our community that took place for
10 days. We worked on that for 2 1/2 years.
on Disabilities, Seniors, Veterans and Youth -- I've been very
proud of that commission. Especially our street superintendent,
Tracy (Jackson), took my vision and worked with that. Money we got
from disabled, handicapped parking tickets we put in a fund, and
from that we put in handicapped ramps. It took almost four years to
do it, but all of historic downtown business was made accessible in
Days Commission and 4th of July Celebrations -- I would hope
that some of these things would be continued, but that would be up
to... that's up to the new mayor and council.
Homes and Buildings Commission -- one of my favorite
commissions. We tried to give information about the importance of
historic preservation. It's so important, especially in so historic
town as we have in Lincoln.
Beautification Commission -- That's an ongoing thing, and we
need to do some more with ordinances.
There has been with
all administrations, ideas unfulfilled, and mine were unfilled due
to lack of city funding, but I can only wish the new mayor will
believe in some of the city council's and my ideas and continue
forth with positive efforts and enhancements for our beloved city
and county to make the change in this office a positive transition.
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I'll finish up on April 30. I have very much enjoyed being your
mayor these past 7 3/4 years and a public servant to our community
the 20 years prior to that. I am not ruling out running for other
public offices in the future, I am just taking a well-deserved
Thank you again for
allowing me the privilege of working with all of you who are
dedicated aldermen, department heads and employees, making this city
and county a wonderful community to live and work. I am so very
proud of all of you and have been humbled by your support in
electing me three times into public office.
I'll finish up with
The mayor pulled a strip of colored paper from her tray, saying,
"I don't know who put that in here, but it has been sitting here
since May 1, 2001," the start of her first term.
action is just a dream. Action without vision just passes the time.
Vision with action can change the world."
She added, "I want to leave you with one of my favorite quotes of
wisdom, which I have tried to live in my life."
"There are two
kinds of people; those who do the work and those who take the
credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition
there." -- Indira Ghandi
God bless you and
our great city and county.
-- Mayor Beth
Following the meeting Davis-Kavelman was excited to say that she
is pursuing work that her college degrees prepared her to do. She
holds a bachelor's degree in legal studies with a minor in political
studies from the University of Illinois-Springfield, is an American
Bar Association-approved legal assistant, an Illinois notary public,
and she also did studies at Concord University School of Law. She
said that she is now doing some freelance legal work that includes
writing wills and other work.
The primary election will take place on Feb. 3, 2009, and will be
followed by a general election in April. City officeholders take
their positions at the start of the city's fiscal year on May 1.
[Text from release by Mayor Beth
Davis-Kavelman; Jan Youngquist]