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East St. Louis mayor candidate: Alvin L. Parks Jr.

Name: Alvin L. Parks, Jr.

City of Residence: East St. Louis

Age: 53

Family status: Married, two daughters

Education: 1979 graduate of East St. Louis Lincoln High School, 1983 graduate of Morehouse College, B.S. in Biology, 1985 Graduate of Washington University, M.B.A.

Occupation: Mayor, City of East St. Louis

Political Party: Democratic

Office Sought: Mayor, City of East St. Louis

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Previously held offices: Councilman, City of East St. Louis, Precinct Committeeman

What qualifies you for this position?

“Standing for East St. Louis qualifies me. During the hospital fight, I stood. During the black folks working on the bridge fight, I stood. During the high speed rail fight, board of elections fight, keep the housing authority fight, and keep the school board fight, I stood. During the keep our liquor businesses whole fight, I stood. Anytime it was time to get money for children, I stood. During the fight to keep peace when Ferguson protests came east, I stood. To keep the city giving its best on basic service, I stood. To make it grow, I stood.”

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

“Growing the city’s housing and business bases by taking care of the basics exceptionally well and by continuing the tremendous momentum we have going. We must leverage key partnerships that we are getting, such as McCormack Baron Salazar and the federal Promise Neighborhood Program. We must continue the good city/county public works and demolition partnership. We must ensure that we have good relationships without taking dictation from anyone. We must build out the already promising Riverfront/Downtown area. The goal — 3,000 new jobs by 2020; 2,000 new housing units by 2018; using Metro stops as key magnets.”