School safety director at PPS runs for at-large Peoria city council seat

Peoria City Council candidate Demario Boone
Peoria City Council candidate Demario Boone(Peoria City Council candidate Demario Boone)
Published: Oct. 17, 2022 at 10:00 PM CDT
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - The school safety director for the Peoria Public Schools system is running for one of the at-large seats up for election next year on the Peoria City Council.

Demario Boone has been working in District 150 the past 17 years.

He made his political plans known Monday on his campaign’s Facebook page.

“I know for our city to thrive, we have to address the root causes of our issues, and I have a plan to do it,” said Boone.

He said he’s “excited to empower people who are often overlooked, a platform to use their voices to affect the changes they want to see if their communities.”

At-large council members represent the entire city, rather than individual district.

Incumbent at-large council members are Kiran Velpula, Elizabeth Jensen, Sid Ruckriegel, Zachary Oyler, and John Kelly. They have not formally declared their political plans.

In 2025, voters will select the mayor and representatives from the five districts.