DAVENPORT -- Alderman Jason Gordon (at-large) announced Saturday that he will seek re-election in this year's city elections.
"I am very proud of what this city council has accomplished over the past two years. We continue to make significant investments in improving our infrastructure; particularly in sewers with the westside sewer diversion tunnel nearly complete, which will alleviate pressure on the existing system, and open 20 plus square miles of Davenport to economic development," he said.
"Crime is down 53 percent over the last seven years and continues to drop. The explosion of downtown housing continues at an amazing pace, with many new projects nearly complete. And we are as close as ever to securing a land-based casino. Overall, the city is headed in the right direction."
While noting Davenport has experienced many successes the past few years, Ald. Gordon warned a financial challenges will be facing city government.
"With the state commercial property tax reform package along with continued increased costs for state mandated public safety pension obligations, we know we will have some challenges. Having been involved in creating the city budget these past four years, I am up to the task of meeting these financial challenges head on," Ald. Gordon said.
If reelected, Ald. Gordon said he would continue to focus on job creation and retention, continued infrastructure improvements, identifying even more efficiencies in city government and completing the process for a land-based casino.
"I am excited about the future of Davenport and ready to tackle the challenges, and the way forward is really pretty simple. We need to continue to grow the tax base, create jobs and find ways to cut costs and save money."
Today is Saturday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2014. There are 123 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass. 1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links. 1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned. 1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today. 1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.