Pekin mayoral field will not include an incumbent

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Published: Nov. 21, 2022 at 6:12 PM CST
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PEKIN (25 News Now) - Three candidates filed to become the new Mayor in the city of Pekin, but the incumbent mayor was not among them.

The candidates who have filed are Councilmembers Becky Cloyd and Dave Nutter as well as outgoing Tazewell County Treasurer Mary Burress. Mayor Mark Luft tells 25 News he is not planning to seek reelection.

Both councilmembers vow to focus on infrastructure and city planning if elected.

“It takes a lot of effort to do the homework and make sure that things are right, ask the questions,” Nutter said. “And I think I am the person that can lead the city... Be proactive and be positive.”

“If we continue doing things without a plan, then we are planning to fail, and I don’t want to see that for Pekin,” Cloyd said. “I walk alongside people and see them be the best that they can be, and that is my commitment to Pekin.”

Candidate Mary Burress most recently ran for election to the Illinois House of Representatives and cites her family connections to the city for why she is running.

“I have a lot of love for our community, and like I said, I want to beautify it again,” Burress said. “We need better communication. The people of Pekin deserve that. We need total transparency.”

The city has taken steps to improve its downtown and attract businesses in recent years. In March, leaders entered into an agreement to spend more than $2 million to survey and improve the city’s sidewalk, ending a years long legal battle over their accessibility. Most recently, the council voted to fire the City Manager, with the current Mayor voting against.

Candidates have until the 28th to file to be on the ballot. The election will take place in April, with a primary in February if there are more than three candidates.