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East St. Louis councilman candidate: DeMarko R. Mosley

Name: Demarko Mosley

City of Residence: East St Louis

Age: 36

Family status: married with two daughters

Education: Missouri Western State University, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Occupation: Marketing manager Paradise Salons

Political party: Independent

Office sought: East Saint Louis City Council

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Previously held offices: Republican precinct committeeman and chairman.

What qualifies you for this position?

“Having had the opportunity to work in the family business that’s been blessed to serve the city's haircare need for 40 plus years has given me insight into the citizens and business everyday struggles. My sales and negotiation training gives me the understanding of identifying goals and delivering results no matter the adversities. Being part of TEAM ROWDY (Removing Obstacles With Dynamic Youth) a youth organization allows me to be on the ground every day and see the seeds of potential and used and their parents for our city to grow and live up to the name champions again.”

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

“Security, stability and growth are the top issues in our city. Our city is a majority of good people doing things separately. My plan includes working together with citizen inclusion, our youth and group economics. To include the citizens, is to empower and enable them to take part in the city growth with resources and business opportunities. We must support the right plan which needs to include both entertainment and industry, and then we will achieve growth of jobs, a revenue base for adequate city services and quality housing. To achieve the prosperity I believe we all imagine for our city, we must stand up, be heard and counted.”