EAST PEORIA — After 12 years, there will be a new mayor in East Peoria in 2019.
Three-term mayor Dave Mingus will not run for re-election. Commissioners Tim Jeffers and John Kahl seek to take his place.
"I made a statement when I won my third term that I was not going to run for a fourth term," Mingus said Wednesday. "I felt like it was a good time to go on to other things. I'm not ruling out future public service, but for now I'm looking forward to some new professional challenges."
Mingus is a certified counselor and social worker. He served on the School Board and then three terms on the City Council before being elected mayor in 2007.
Jeffers has served as the city's public property commissioner on the City Council for three terms. He plans to make a formal announcement at 2 p.m. Oct. 7 at Grieves Pavillon in Fondulac Park in East Peoria.
"I do believe my record of 12 years service as a commissioner as well as my personal experience has prepared me well for this opportunity. My emphasis will be on all working together as a team. As the saying goes, working together everyone achieves more," Jeffers said in an email on Wednesday. "I am running for mayor and will present a positive team approach and path to the future for East Peoria on October 7."
Kahl is in his first term on the council. He plans to make a formal announcement on Friday, when he will be introduced by Mingus. The announcement will be at East Peoria's RiverFront Park, 1201 Riverside Drive, at 12:30 p.m. He is currently serving as commissioner of public health and safety.
Kahl was first elected to the East Peoria City Council in 2015. He has served on the East Peoria Human Relations Commission since 2012 and has served as chairman of the Tazewell County Consolidated Communications governance board since its formation in 2017. Kahl sent out a news release this week announcing his mayoral candidacy. He could not be reached for further comment.
All five positions on the City Council — four commissioners and one mayor — are up for election in 2019. Commissioners Dan Decker and Gary Densberger, both 12-year members of the City Council, have not yet publicly stated whether they intend to run for office.
The Tazewell County Clerk's Office did not return a phone call Wednesday seeking information on any other candidates running for commissioner or mayor. Potential candidates can currently take out petitions seeking signatures that would get their names on next spring's ballot.
Mingus on Wednesday said his introduction of Kahl at Friday's announcement should not be interpreted as a formal endorsement of his candidacy for mayor. He said he would happily introduce Jeffers at his announcement event also, if asked.
"These men are my friends, and I have a tremendous amount of respect for both of them," Mingus said.
Scott Hilyard can be reached at 686-3244 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @scotthilyard on Twitter.