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Fairmont village trustee candidate: Steven Arriola

Name: Steven M. Arriola

City of residence: Village of Fairmont City

Age: 50

Family status: married

Education: Collinsville High School

Occupation: Construction truck driver/Shop Steward

Political party: Independent

Office sought: Village Trustee, Fairmont City

Campaign Facebook: Steven Arriola for the Village of Fairmont City

Previously held offices: Commander of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 961, Financial Officer of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 961 and 22nd District Vice-Commander of the Sons Of the American Legion

What qualifies you for this position?

“I feel my years of experience working in the construction industry, four years as a production manager, three years at the Mounds Public Water and Sewer Dept. as the Assistant to the Water Plant Operator in charge of repair and maintenance, qualifies me to understand what it takes to get projects finished while operating on a budget.”

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

“Improving the villages infrastructure, including streets, sidewalks, alleys and storm water drainage that has been in decay for at least two decades under the current administration. I would work with due diligence to see what is available and by what means we can get these problems rectified, while being fiscally responsible to the taxpayer. I would also support economic development that would be beneficial to our tax base.”