Peoria Mayoral Forum

Candidates talk about their platform

PEORIA, Ill - Today the League of Women Voters held a forum for the candidates to talk about city issues.

Peoria is just a few weeks away from electing its next mayor. Couri Thomas, and G. Marie Kennel are two candidates looking to challenge incumbent Jim Ardis. The three came together Saturday afternoon  to share their vision on the next four years.

Mayor Ardis has spent 18 years on the city council and 12 as mayor. He believes in the tough times Peoria is facing now, it's important to have someone with experience making decisions, especially when it comes to education .

"Good educational systems in our community are almost the most important thing that people look at when they want to come to your community, and we've done that over a number of years, We are very instrumental on alignment Peoria coming to Peoria,” Mayor Ardis said.

Kennel criticized the current mayor and his approach, voicing a need for change

G. Kennel said, “We need to refocus, we all need a change, and we need different policies, I think bad policies has led us to where we are today."

Couri Thomas says he plans to get Peoria back on track by coming together as a community and becoming more efficient.

"All the works that are going on in our city, expedited, so that we are not wasting our money, our tax dollars, our citizens dollars and time.”


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