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Collinsville mayor candidate: Michael Tognarelli

Name: Michael “Mike” Tognarelli

City of residence: Collinsville

Age: 61

Family status: Married, four children and eight grandchildren

Education: Graduated from Collinsville High School in 1971

Occupation: Collinsville City Councilman

Political party: nonpartisan

Office sought: Mayor

Campaign website: www.miketognarelliformayor.com

Campaign e-mail: mike.tognarelli@yahoo.com

Previously held offices: Collinsville City Councilman elected in 2011

What qualifies you for this position?

“During my 42 years’ experience working for the City of Collinsville, I developed superior leadership skills from my 17 years as streets director. Managing a multimillion dollar budget yearly without ever going over. I have gained knowledge through the years by assisting all city departments. To this point the mayors position has been solely a leadership role. It is my goal, to turn the page, and become a mayor with both leadership and technical skills. I have managed numerous multimillion dollar projects. This will enable me to lead the city at a level that has yet to be achieved.”

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

“The impact of decisions made by the State of Illinois could have on the City of Collinsville’s budget is my biggest concern. Currently the state is considering reducing the city’s share of the ‘Local Government Distributive Fund,’ which is the city’s share of state income tax. This reduction could impact our general fund revenue by 13 percent or approximately $2.5 million dollars per year. The city has to have strong leadership, with an active voice, pointed at Springfield and our state representatives to avoid such changes. City government needs to stay vigilant and control spending, until this is resolved.”

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