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Tim Hurley hopes to stop the violence if elected mayor

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Tim Hurley was born and raised in Waterloo. For 37 and a half years he worked at John Deere, but left to take the mayor's office.

Hurley spent three terms as mayor, but this year he decided to come back and try it again. He says recent violence in the city pushed him to this decision.  

"I recognize the negatives, there's no doubt about that. But I will not be defined by them and I don't want our city to be defined by them," said Hurley.

He says there is an opportunity for improvement in this city and that's stopping the violence. He suggests working with teachers, faith leaders, business leaders, and others who want to help, but that's not all.

"It's a small group of people. I think the way we attack that is make sure the law enforcement officers, the command staff have what they need and then let them do what they know how to do," said Hurley.

Hurley says another major task he wants to take on is the budget. 

"My budgets are going to be rational. They're going to be reasonable, they're going to be resourceful, but they're going to be initially be prioritized towards public safety. Police, fire, code enforcement and those other things. We're going to pay our bills. We are not going to default on our loans or anything like that," said Hurley. 

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