A local businessman announced his candidacy for the position of city councilor in Ward 8 on Monday.
Dave Koester is running for city council to represent the West Hill area.
‚ÄúWhen questions are asked I would like to have an answer and that‚Äôs not happening right now,‚ÄĚ Koester said. ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt like the way our money is being spent ‚Ä¶ There comes a time when you have to run the city a little bit like a business.‚ÄĚ
Since 1974, Koester has been involved in real estate and has been the owner of an appraisal business and Century 21 office.
He has also been on several boards and committees including the SIAST board of directors.
‚ÄúThere (on the SIAST board) we are accountable for a large number of dollars,‚ÄĚ Koester said. ‚ÄúI believe you have to do your homework and I don‚Äôt believe that a lot of the councilors do their homework.‚ÄĚ
Koester said he doesn‚Äôt think council has done a horrible job, but it could be improved upon.
‚ÄúThere‚Äôs things they talk about a bridge, well bring it into who‚Äôs going to pay for this bridge,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúWe need another fire hall here, those are things we‚Äôve needed for years and years and years. Why do we not have one, why should we have one or why shouldn‚Äôt we. There‚Äôs got to be more answers to it than well we‚Äôre getting it or we‚Äôre not getting it.‚ÄĚ
Ward 8 stretches from the hill south, and from 10th Avenue West eastward to Central Avenue. Coun. Ted Zurakowski currently serves the ward.
Koester is the fifth person to announce their candidacy, others including Mark Tweidt for Ward 7; Rick Orr for Ward 2; Greg Dionne for mayor and Dean Link for mayor.
The city election will take place on Oct. 24.