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All Candidate Names Will Remain On April 7th Ballot

Names on the ballot will remain. Last week, I wrote a front page article about the three challengers to Mayor Mike McElroy and how one of them, Councilman Pat McDaniel, had been asked by a few supporters of another challenger, Bishop G. E. Livingston, to withdraw from the election. The purpose of asking was obviously to avoid splitting the challenger votes three ways. 
Livingston told me that he wasn’t part of any “encouragement” of asking McDaniel to withdraw.  The other mayoral challenger to McElroy, Dustin Chapman, said that no one had approached him to withdraw. 
Macon County Clerk Steve Bean told me a few days ago, “now that we have begun voting, if anyone withdraws from running for mayor or any other office, their name will remain on the ballot but their votes will not be counted.”
Bean also said that last March “we had two candidates withdraw but their names remained on the ballot, but their votes were not counted.”

• NOT MUCH money is being raised in the mayoral and city council races -- at least compared to most previous races.
That’s apparent in the lack of candidate filings with the Illinois State Board of Elections.
Only two candidates have filed because they have raised more than $5,000 -- Mayor Mike McElroy and City Council Candidate David Horn.
Both candidates had more than $5,000 in their fund balances when they filed their ISBE quarterly report in January for the quarter ending Dec. 31.
McElroy’s committee reported a contribution of $1,000 on Monday from Robert Wiesemann, owner of Continental Carbonics, but with only a month to go before the April 7th election, those $1,000 checks that help pump up a candidate’s fund balance have been few and far between for all of the candidates.
Although that could change during the next month, it is important for candidates to receive money early to plan media advertising buys.
Part of the lack of contributions could also be the result of no primary election being held so financial supporters could see who was emerging as a strong candidate. 

Council Hires Gleason As
New City Manager

Timothy Gleason

The Decatur City Council has announced that Timothy Gleason has accepted the position of City Manager for the City of Decatur. Council expects to appoint Gleason at its March 16 City Council meeting, with an effective start date of March 23.
Mayor Mike McElroy said the city council enlisted the search firm of GovHR and was very pleased with the caliber of applicants. 
"We were fortunate to have excellent candidates to choose from and are excited that Timothy Gleason accepted the position,” said McElroy. “We are confident Tim's experience will help the community immensely in addressing future challenges."
Gleason has served as City Administrator for the City of Washington, Illinois, since 2012. Prior to serving as City Administrator to Washington he was Deputy Director of Human Resources and Manage-ment Operations at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. 
In addition, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Illinois Correctional Industries. From 1984-1987, he served in the United States Army as a military policeman before beginning a career with the Pekin Police Department in 1989, retiring as lieutenant in 2010.
Gleason received his Bachelor of Arts in Management in 1995 from the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) and his Masters of Public Administration in 2007 from UIS as well.
During Gleason's tenure with Washington, he guided the community through the recovery of a 2013 devastating tornado. His approach to recovery set the stage for rebuilding in the first construction season and new growth has continued for the community. 
The city council believes his experience and proven track record of delivering quality and efficient public services will make him an asset to Decatur.
 City Councilman Larry Foster said “I believe Tim Gleason is an excellent choice for our new Decatur City Manager.  He has many of the qualities we were hoping to find.  Mr. Gleason has experience in economic development, infrastructure, improvements and building legislative relationships.  In addition, he is a mid-westerner, young, and is community and family oriented.  I am excited to have him as our new city manager.”
It’s my understanding that although some excellent candidates were interviewed by the mayor and council, Gleason became an obvious choice.
From all indications Gleason should be a good fit for Decatur and I certainly wish him great success in his new position.
The choice made for city manager is extremely important because of the changes that are taking place in our city and that at least two experienced councilmen, Larry Foster and Patrick Laegeler are not seeking re-election.

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