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Waterloo mayor's race up for grabs

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - Voters in Waterloo will see a change at the top of city government soon.  Three men are running for Mayor to replace Tim Hurley.  Current council members Reggie Schmitt and Steve Schmitt and former council member Buck Clark are all seeking the top job.  All three say the economy will dictate the future of city services.  All three say they want to explore the possibility of shared services with other government agencies to save money and reduce duplication.  Still, all three say the future is bright for the city they want to lead.

Many changes have taken place lately in Waterloo but those running for the city's top job believe they can lead the city to new heights.

"Everything a community needs, the quality of life, we have all those things. We just need to continue to grow and the only way we can grow is new business and jobs," said Reggie Schmitt.

"You're going to see a much more customer friendly city. You'll see Waterloo city employees embracing the fact they work for the city of Waterloo and you will see Waterloo city employees trying to help our citizens wherever possible," said Buck Clark.

"I've heard from some of the department heads that they don't feel like they're fully utilized and I think again, we have a few too many balls up in the air because the current administration is not as prone to delegating some of those duties as I would be," said Steve Schmitt.

Steve Schmitt's been on the city council two years.  He says he'll bring business sense to the mayor's office.

"I think the city they're projecting is going to be down $1.2 million next year so right now we need to be figuring out what we're going to do to accomodate that," said Steve Schmitt.

Buck Clark's a former Waterloo police officer.  He was on the city council before quitting to own and operate a downtown pub.

"We desperately need someone as mayor of Waterloo that can build coalitions and partnerships and form relationships both public and private to sustain us through what's going to be some difficult periods," said Clark.

Reggie Schmitt is the current Mayor Pro-Tem and just retired from John Deere two weeks ago.

"We have to do the usual belt-tightening that we've always done. I think a lot of the fluff has been removed in the last six years since I've been there and worked on the budget," said Reggie Schmitt.

Waterloo's mayor runs the day-to-day operations of the city.  Each candidate indicated would they support a city manager style of government if it came before them and made economic sense.

If you'd like to hear more from the candiates, KWWL will be hosting a mayoral debate later this month..

It's Thursday, October 29th from 5:30 to 6:30 at the Brock Student Center at Hawkeye Community College and will air on KWWL and here at kwwl.com.

Online Reporter:  Bob Waters

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