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Fairview Heights Ward 4 Alderman candidate: Harry Zimmerman

Name: Harry Zimmerman

City of residence: Fairview Heights

Age: 55

Family status: Married

Education: Ranken associate of technology refrigeration/air condition and heating technology

Occupation: HVAC tech

Political party: Independent

Office sought: Alderman Ward 4

Campaign website: www.harry4ward4.com

Campaign e-mail: harry4wardiv@gmail.com

Previously held offices: Planning commission

What qualifies you for this position?

“My 12 years of service on the Planning Commission gave me a unique experience into the development processes our city relies on. This experience gave me a broad perspective on how we should work when acting on plans and projects being forward to our city council. As a member of the Comprehensive Plan Committee, I participated in the development process for planning, development and future enhancements for our city for the next 15 to 20 years. I clearly understand the design of the comprehensive plan and its importance to our future development.”

What is the top issue in your race, and how would you address it?

“First and foremost, we must work to avoid a city property tax at all costs. To do this means filling empty stores, attracting vibrant new businesses and assisting all businesses to help invigorate our retail infrastructure. Safe footpaths for pedestrians and customers goes hand in hand with invigorating businesses. A close working relationship with council and city administrators is absolutely necessary to get new sidewalks and crosswalks in our city. I am also dedicated to curbing community crime and assisting residents who wish to start Neighborhood Watch Programs.”

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