Editor's Note: This is one of two stories profiling the candidates for City Council, the second story will publish on Monday. The stories are part of a series of profiles for city contested races and referendum that are on the April 9 Consolidated Election ballot.
MT. VERNON — Four candidates and one write-in candidate are on Tuesday's ballot for two city council seats.
In order as they appear on the ballot, the candidates are incumbent Dennis McEnaney, Donte Moore, David Morgan, incumbent Todd Piper and write-in candidate Steven Casper.
McEnaney and his wife Phyllis, have lived in Mt. Vernon a total of 22 years, first living in the King City for 10 years, then 12 years after the couple decided to retire in Mt. Vernon.
"I am a degreed electrical engineer and a Vietnam era Air Force veteran," McEnaney said. "I retired from Illinois Power as a senior director after 29 years of service."
McEnaney has served on the Rend Lake College Board of Trustees and was a county appointee to the Mt. Vernon Airport Board. Some of his previous city appointments include the Minority Affairs & Human Relations Council, the Planning Commission, the Vision 2008 Team and the Jefferson County Development Corporation.
"Currently, I serve with the Downtown Development Corporation, a member of the noon Rotary, Project co-chairman of the Rotary STRIVE program at thehigh school, trustee at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, a member of the Chamber of Commerce Past President's Council and as city councilman," McEnaney said.
McEnaney said he would like to "reverse the city's trend of a declining population for the past 30 years and move to a future that is strong, vibrant and growing."
"In the last four years as your city councilman, I have been very active in supporting and implementing processes to help improve and grow our city," McEnaney said. "By serving with the council, we have been aggressive in successfully bringing in new businesses and helping our existing businesses expand. We have done this by establishing new TIF districts, ramped up our Revolving Loan and Enterprise Zone programs, utilized our Home Rule abilities, improved our permitting process and brought millions of dollars in federal and state grants. In these four years, the city has realized over $688 million of investment in new and expanded facilities in addition of approximately 1,200 jobs."