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 Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.