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Meet Decatur City Council candidate Marc Girdler

Meet Decatur City Council candidate Marc Girdler

From the Meet the candidates running for Decatur City Council series
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Marc Girdler

Age: 41

Occupation: Activist

Have you ever held and elected office? I was elected to be a precinct committeeperson in 2020.

Why are you seeking a seat on the Decatur City Council? I am seeking a council seat because I want to bring a cannabis empire to Decatur. We can become the central hub in Illinois for cannabis, from cultivation to transportation to infusion and beyond, not to mention cannabis cafes, dispensaries, and other retail businesses. I also want to bring fairness and transparency to the city council, by reducing the number of members needed to add agenda items, restoring full public comment segments to meetings, and being more open to involvement from the public. I also sought a seat because Chuck Kuhle has been, from my perspective, a very poor leader.

What attributes do you possess that will make you a good council member? I follow local politics closely, attend many meetings, and have kept the public informed on actions taken by local officials, via extensive FOIA research. I have seen first hand the waste and cronyism that have infected Decatur politics and I won't continue those trends, as I want to work for the people, not myself or social/business interests. I have walked picket lines with local unions, conducted in depth FOIA research into local public bodies, and spoken at countless meetings. I want to return the power to the people, where it belongs.

The city council may be asked to make some serious decisions when it comes to the city budget, which has been severely impacted by COVID-19. What cuts are you willing to consider? I would look at obvious wastes of money as the first cuts, such as travel and dining reimbursements and six figure plus salaries, which could be easily trimmed to cut costs.

What cuts are off the table? I would not consider cuts to fire protection of any kind, nor would I support cutting social services that provide direct assistance to our community. This could involve any cuts to housing, food assistance, utility assistance, youth programs, etc.

What are the top three issues you want to see addressed once you are elected? The three main issues I want to resolve as a council member would be to begin the process of establishing Decatur as a cannabis capital, restoring fairness and transparency on the city council, and putting an intense focus on ending chronic homelessness in Decatur.

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