Couri Thomas announces candidacy for Peoria Mayor

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PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — The 2021 Peoria mayoral race has a new candidate.

Couri Thomas, who works at the Peoria Area Food Bank, announced his candidacy for Peoria Mayor for the second time, Saturday morning, in the warehouse district next to the Richard Pryer statue.

Thomas previously ran for the position against current mayor Jim Ardis Back in 2017.

He said he’s never stopped working since his campaign three years ago.

“I’ve been observing, watching, listening, and learning,” Thomas said. “But you can always find me in the trenches working,”

Thomas said it was unfortunate he didn’t secure the seat in office during his first campaign, but he said he believes this time around he has the skills to help lead the city.

“You have to know how to serve before you can lead,” Thomas said. “I consider myself a true servant. Leadership skills are gifts, a quality you can’t ask for and you just have to wait for your time. Last time was a calling and I have to answer this call.”

He said his passion has grown over the last three years and he wants to help improve the city’s spending and finances to help citizens get the best ‘bang for their buck.”

“I think it’s about being sound, having sound leadership and sound strategies in our city that’s going to improve the lives and wellness of the citizens, our taxpayers,” Thomas said.

Three others have also announced their candidacy including Chama St. Louis, Andres Diaz and Chuck Brown. Mayor Ardis has said he intends to run for a fifth consecutive term in 2021.

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