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Knox College to Host Mayoral Debate

GALESBURG -- Knox College will be the site of a debate among the candidates for Galesburg's next mayor. The debate -- sponsored by Knox College and the Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce -- will be held at 7 p.m., March 5 in Kresge Recital Hall, Ford Center for Fine Arts. The event is free and open to the public.

All three candidates on the ballot--Galesburg's current Mayor Salvador Garza, former Councilwoman Margaret Hall, and business owner John Pritchard--have agreed to participate.

Assistant Professor of Political Science Andrew Civettini will moderate the debate and ask questions about current issues facing Galesburg and its citizens. There will be a brief question & answer opportunity for the audience after the formal debate.

The election for the City of Galesburg will take place on April 9.

The Candidates:
Mayor Sal Garza is running for his second term as Galesburg's mayor,
having been elected mayor in 2009. Garza works full-time as an
Economic Development Manager overseeing the West Central Region with
the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Prior to
that he worked as a senior engineer at the Maytag Corporation. Garza's
formal education and training is in engineering, business
administration and economic development. Garza served in the United
States Marine Corps, served as a Fire & Police Commissioner
(1997-2009) and currently is serving on the Board of Directors of the
Illinois Municipal League.

Former Councilwoman Margaret Hall owns a local painting business for
40 years with her husband. Hall served on the Galesburg City Council
as a second ward alderman from 1993 to 2001.

Businessman John Pritchard is the President of Galesburg Broadcasting,
which runs four radio stations in Galesburg, as well as six radio
stations as Pritchard Broadcasting in Burlington, Iowa. He currently
serves on the boards of the National Railroad Hall of Fame and the
Galesburg Business and Technology Center. He was previously the
publisher of The Register-Mail from 1976 to 1981. Past public service
includes the United Way of Knox County Board, the Illinois Bar
Association's Fair Trial Free Press Committee and Chairman of the
Galesburg Economic Development Council for several years. Pritchard
also has served as Chairman and Director of various banks associated
with the First Galesburg National Bank & Trust Company, including
Chairman of Madison Park Bank in Peoria, IL. He is an alumnus of Knox
College, and serves on the board of the Galesburg Regional Economic
Development Association (GREDA).



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