DECATUR— Citing a need to stabilize the community, William (Will) Wetzel has announced his candidacy for a seat on the Decatur City Council.
“Decatur is at a critical juncture. If we do not act now on stabilizing our community, we will be sacrificing future growth and prosperity,” Wetzel said.
He said officials need to come to grips with the fact the community, which was dependent for years on a strong manufacturing base, is shrinking and act accordingly.
That means acting with “compassion and purpose” now, rather than making rash decisions down the road.
Wetzel is a Decatur native and graduated in 2003 from Eisenhower High School. He is an IT professional for St. Louis-based Envision, LLC., a consulting firm and staffing agency.
He is married and has a 5-year-old daughter.
While Wetzel, 35, said he’s had a lifelong love for politics and been involved in a variety of grassroots campaigns, this is the first attempt at public office. “It’s time,” he said.
Among Wetzel’s other priorities is spearheading a switch to an aldermanic form of government which would split the city up into wards. The council is currently elected at-large.
He also would push for rethinking the decision by the current council to prohibit the sale of cannabis in the community. He said the decision is depriving the city of much-needed tax
“Decatur’s only path forward is to ensure that the city government is working for all citizens, not just for a wealthy and powerful few,” he said.
Wetzel was among those who filed Monday to appear on the April 6 ballot.
Also filing were incumbents David Horn and Chuck Kuhle, and Marty Watkins, Ed Culp, Aldophis Cooper and Elijah England. Incumbent Pat McDaniel is not seeking reelection.