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."
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