Stephen E. (Steve) Foster
         
ALDERMAN WARD 7
 
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Dear Mr. Foster,
 
If you could, please, take this survey.
 
Thank You,
Lee Miller
 
1. When you first ran for Aldermen, why did you run?
 
2. Did you think you would win your first election?
 
3. In 1995 why did you decide to run for mayor?
 
4. In 2004 did you expect the election to be as close as it was?
 
5. Do you ever plan to seek the Mayor's office again?

Mr Miller

Following is my reply.

1. When you first ran for Aldermen, why did you run?

In my bio at you will see my background in city organizations and my care and concern for the community. This should give you a general idea of why I ran then and in 2004.

See http://stevefosterward7.allarounddanville.com/about.htm

2. Did you think you would win your first election?

Yes

3. In 1995 why did you decide to run for mayor?
The Administration of Mayor Bob Jones during the first years I served was almost exclusively focused towards development of the East Gate and later South Gate industrial parks. While new companies and employment are critical, I became greatly concerned with the inner city and neighborhood’s rapid physical decline. I ran on the need for Neighborhood Revitalization and halting the disintegration  of the downtown area. I believed that the appearance of Danville created hindrances to the attraction of new business to move here, regardless of the attraction of developed land for building. Since then mayor Jones and Eisenhauer and the council have made great strides in these areas of concern and decline in the City.

4. In 2004 did you expect the election to be as close as it was?

Yes, see my short essay on the elections posted in my Bio. Click and See

http://stevefosterward7.allarounddanville.com/opinions.htm
4/2005 The One vote margin in Danville Ward 7 - 2005 Election

5. Do you ever plan to seek the Mayor's office again? NO Mayor Jones and I both discussed this at length and would not consider running for the office as we both could be in our late seventies before finishing our terms (as would be Dr Fields, also). Serving as an Alderman, because of limited time requirements, would be acceptable for  a senior citizen as long as health or other restrictions do not cause the Alderman to miss meetings regularly (this of course should apply to all Aldermen regardless of age). We felt that a younger generation should step up in leadership for the new century. One of the reason I (and Mayor Jones) supported Eisenhauer over Fields is the age reason and the affect the time and increasing demands can have on on one's health.

I ran again for City Council only, believing that I could best help the city and the new Mayor by offering my input and experience through the Council. And that my age would not be a hindrance since the aldermanic office is considerable less demanding then a full time Mayor.

 

I received an email about the Railroad engine's noise, being parked all night at the Liberty Lane crossing. Below is a reply from Alderman Ron Candido pursuant to our discussion at City Council last Tuesday. Steve Foster Alderman Ward 7
Date: 6/19/2003 09:07:02 -0500
From: "Ron & Carol Candido" <rtccjc@insightbb.com>
To: <sfoster@cityofdanville.org>, <beamsco@allarounddanville.com>
Subject: Railroad Noise

A person can complain about railroad noise using the form provided on
the Illinois Commerce Commission web site. The link on their home page
is the consumer service link. Although the form doesn't specifically
mention noise you can put the complaint in the box for other comments. I
was told this in an answer to an e-mail I sent to them. If enough people
send e-mails or call them then we have a better chance of getting
results. Would this link be something to put on your web site for people
to use?    Ron Candido (Alderman Ward 7)

Reply From Alderman Foster:

Thanks Ron I put a link to the complaint form on the City Council Website at CityCouncil.allarounddanvile.com

SUBJECT: Danville
PHONE:   442 0823
EMAIL:   w-t@insightbb.com
DATE:    April 9 2003 


COMMENTS

 We are looking forward to a great new administration and great things for Danville
Reply From Alderman Foster:

Hope you all feel as positive as I do.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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