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Mayor Richard Mavis

[The following appeared in the February 15 edition of the Mount Vernon News.]

Proud of the city’s progress, and optimistic about its future, Mount Vernon Mayor Richard K. Mavis has announced he will seek re-election next November to the office he has held since 1996.

“I look forward to my re-election campaign as an opportunity to share with Mount Vernon city voters what I believe is a solid record of accomplishment, and to share my vision for the next four years,” Mavis said.

Among the accomplishments Mavis is eager to discuss are the construction of a new central fire station, water treatment plant and the Hiawatha Water Park/ Pool; infrastructure improvements along the Coshocton Avenue business corridor and in downtown Mount Vernon; re-engineering of major intersections along Mount Vernon Avenue and Edgewood Road; programmed restoration of brick streets in historic neighborhoods and the conversion of Chestnut Street and South Gay Street to accommodate heavy traffic; acquisition and preliminary development of Foundation Park, and the implementation of EPA mandated improvements at the Cougar Drive wastewater treatment plant.

“I am particularly proud that the city of Mount Vernon has been able to move forward on many of these projects, and sustain basic services to it citizens, during an economic crisis that severely stressed so many other cities and counties in the region,” said Mavis. “We are blessed in Mount Vernon with knowledgeable and hard-working personnel in every department, as well as dedicated bi-partisan leadership on City Council.”

Mavis credited the city’s diverse business and industrial base for its ability to attract and retain jobs, thereby supporting a broad revenue base at moderate levels of taxation. Mount Vernon’s income tax rate has not increased throughout Mavis’ 16-year tenure.

“Whoever has the privilege of serving as mayor for the next four years, the primary focus needs to be keeping Mount Vernon competitive, not only in Ohio but regionally and nationally, in the constant quest for job-creating businesses and industry,” Mavis said. “We help ourselves in this effort by paying attention to matters of infrastructure, maintaining a robust park system, sustaining efficient emergency and safety forces, and keeping taxes as low as possible. All of these elements contribute to the high quality of life we enjoy in Mount Vernon. And quality of life, in turn, attracts and retains jobs in our community.”

Mavis and his wife, Peggy, have two adult daughters and two grandchildren.