MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – Despite being on probation for another nine months after pleading guilty to federal tax evasion charges , Mount Vernon Mayor Ernest Davis has formally announced his intention to run for another term running the city.
On Tuesday, Davis stood on the steps of City Hall and announced that he would be running for re-election in what promises to be a hotly contested, crowded race as Mount Vernon residents seek a revitalization of their city.
“I will proudly run for re-election as mayor of Mount Vernon, to continue to serve the people and create progress for our community,” he said. “Working together, we will continue to fight for our residents and provide them with the services they deserve.”
Davis has pledged that the focus of his re-election campaign will be on creating jobs, improving the city economy, continuing to build up the city with various development projects and reducing crime to make Mount Vernon a viable destination for young and old alike.
“With your continued support, I hope to serve once again as your mayor and expand on the great work we are doing to improve our city,” he added. “While I am proud of the progress that we have made, there is still much work to be done. I hope to earn your vote.”
This year’s mayoral race promises to be one of the most hotly contested and closely monitored in years. Last month, Mount Vernon Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson and City Council member Deborah Reynolds – often an opponent of Davis at meetings – announced their intention to challenge the incumbent mayor.
Other candidates, including Councilman Richard Thomas and former Mayor Clinton Young, have been long rumored to be possible challengers.
“There are a lot of projects on the drawing board, and several that are just getting started on development, but think about how many years it took for them to get off the ground,” Hassell-Thompson said. “The taxes are high, and young married couples with children don’t want to be here because our schools our failing.”
“We’ve got to do something different. We have to do better, because we can do better. And we will do better.”
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