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|Council members have big plans ahead|
Monroe City Council members say voters showed they had faith in the current direction of the council in light of the results Saturday in the city's municipal elections.
Every member of the city council who faced opposition was fairly easily re-elected.
Councilmen Jay Marx, Arthur Gilmore, Red Stevens and Robert Johnson all won their respective council races on Saturday. Councilman Ben Katz was re-elected without opposition.
In the District 1 Monroe City Council race, Jay Marx was re-elected with 57 percent of the vote, or 1,819 votes, to Spec Lewis' 1,394 votes, or 43 percent.
"It's an honor for me to continue to serve with the folks I've served with … we're glad to be back and we're looking forward to continuing what we've done for the past four years," Marx said. "There's no reason that the five of us and the mayor can't continue to work together to make this 'one city, one future,' and that's what we're going to do."
"There's so much built on relationships, working together and working for every district," Marx continued. "We're cognizant that one piece of the puzzle doesn't work unless the whole puzzle is there."
"We work very diligently to make sure that happens," he said.
During his next four years as a member of the council, Marx wants to establish a stronger trash ordinance - one that is enforceable - and make improvements at Monroe Regional Airport.
"And, of course, I want us to maintain that $11.6-million fund balance," Marx said.
In the District 3 council race, Gilmore polled some 70 percent of the vote, or 1,287 votes, to Daryll Berry's 554 votes, or 30 percent.
"The people have observed that we're doing a good job and the city is heading in the right direction," Gilmore said. "There's no need to change the captain right in the middle of the ocean at this time."
During his new four-year term, Gilmore wants more emphasis placed on removing vacant cars and dilapidated houses in District 3.
"More beautification issues than anything else … that was what I was campaigning for, as well as better jobs paying livable wages," Gilmore said. "For the city as a whole, I hope we can get more employment with higher paying jobs."
In District 4, Stevens retained his seat with 54 percent of the vote, or 854 votes, to Kenneth Wilson's 46 percent, or 726 votes.
"The citizens sent out a message that they were pleased with the job that we're doing," Stevens said. "We're not going to do anything to change that trust that they've instilled in us."
"We're working to bring together not only the north side, south side, but the west side and east side," he continued. "That's our goal. We can't get anywhere unless we all come together. A house divided cannot stand."
Stevens also hopes to establish a senior center complex and a post office in south Monroe.
"Maybe we can lobby our congressional delegation to let them know the need of a post office on the south side," Stevens said.
In District 5, Johnson outdistanced a crowded field of candidates with 64 percent of the vote, or 1,142 votes. Verbon Muhammad ran second with 13 percent, or 238 votes, while Cliff Thomas polled third with 10 percent, or 177 votes. Gregory Burton ran fourth with 6 percent, or 109 votes. William Earl DeGrate finished fifth with 105 votes, or 6 percent of the vote.
Johnson was out of town this week and unavailable for comment.