The three candidates for the mayor's office in Galesburg found many areas of consensus and two distict areas of disagreement at the Galesburg Chamber of Commerce's Mayoral Debate at Knox College Tuesday evening. Challengers Margaret Hall and John Pritchard expressed disagreement with incumbent Sal Garza over the role of the mayor's office in city government and criticized the progress of economic development in the city. Moderator Andrew Civettini, an assistant professor of Political Science at Knox College, comments:
The candidates debated in front of a crowd estimated to be about 200 people. Each of the candidates spoke at length about their families and each commented on the need for a better-educated workforce in the community. When asked to comment on areas the city governement has failed in the past two years both Hall and Pritchard criticized Garza's role in the mayor's office as well as the progress of economic development. Garza cited failure to communicate the strides the city has taken during the severe recession as well as failure to do more about graduation rates. Throughout the debate, the common threads of the role of the mayor's office and the state of economic development were often repeated. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Steven Brody comments:
Civettini said despite some disagreements the candidates were civil.
Brody said there were no surprises and it is now up for the people to decide in the April 9 election
The full debate as well as full interviews with Civettini and Brodie are available in the podcast section at 1590waik.com