Richard McCormac has announced his candidacy for re-election as mayor of the city of Clinton.

He states: In the past four years, I have enjoyed working with our community in moving our city toward a stronger infrastructure, promoting tourism and working to generate economic opportunities.

I am a Clinton native, graduating Clinton High School in 1983. I am married to my wife Gia, a 9th grade Clinton English teacher and have two children, Ellie and Carson. Before becoming your mayor, I served 11 years on the Clinton School board.

In my first term, I worked to improve our city’s infrastructure in order to prepare Clinton for the growth that the US Hwy 65 expansion is bringing.

I am very pleased with the direction and growth of our water and sewer department with the implementation of our new clarifier and the establishment of a five-member water commission. In addition, the water and sewer rehabilitation continues to be aggressively addressed with much needed repairs to our aging system. Our water system is rapidly improving.

With tourism at an all-time high, Clinton and Van Buren County sees between 13,000 - 20,000 vehicles per day. Our city will continue to promote our city park, Greers Ferry Lake, and the recreation opportunities of our numerous rivers and trails. Former city officials have given us a great asset in our city park, which will continue to improve and utilize. In the past four years we have replaced our playground equipment, added a music stage, and acquired additional donated acreage for park expansion. Increased wayfinding signage and a tourism billboard south of town currently help visitors locate our city’s amenities.

Our street department will continue to systematically improve our streets with the Memory Lane asphalt overlay to begin in late August. Ditch rehabilitation will be focused on this fall, due much in part to the relationship the city and I have developed with a fiberglass tile manufacturer. They have already donated thousands of feet of pipe used for culverts and utility line sleeving and will continue to do so as long as the city has need.

All of our city departments will continue to work hard for our citizens’ safety, making our town a destination to visit, enjoy, and live.

As mayor, I will continue to select the most qualified personnel available to lead and manage our various department. I believe in controlling spending, planning for sustainable growth, and hard work. We have several obstacles to overcome but will meet them head-on and work each of them out.

If allowed to continue as mayor, I will focus on establishing a stronger industrial park for economic growth, strengthen our street department, and promote tourism via regional partnerships, and working alongside our local entrepreneurs who are already doing great things.

I believe in working out solutions without getting bogged down in the differences. Our fire department, emergency services, and local floodplain issues are matters that will be continually worked on until they are solved with a sustainable solution.

I have enjoyed working for the people of Clinton. I hope that you will grant me another term as your mayor. I thank each of my coworkers, past and present, in every city department, and all of the elected officials that I have served alongside.

Mostly, I have enjoyed working for Clinton’s greatest asset – you the people. I hope that I have earned your trust and support for another term and look forward to visiting with each of you between now and Nov. 6. Thank you again for your consideration and support - Richard McCormac, Mayor of Clinton