According to the News-Gazette, DANVILLE — After several weeks with no word, Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer announced in a short e-mail Wednesday that he had picked up nominating petitions that morning to run for a fourth-consecutive term in the April election.
“It is with great excitement that I picked up petitions today with (the) intention of seeking re-election to the Office of Mayor for the City of Danville,” he said in the e-mail.
Eisenhauer, 49, will be seeking his fourth four-year term.
Nominating petitions for the office have been available since late August, and four people, including former county board Chairman Jim McMahon and city Comptroller Gayle Lewis, picked up packets weeks ago. The other two are Demetrius Miles II and Anthony Hughes, who also picked up for alderman.
Eisenhauer, who has had no comment on another run until now, has about four weeks left to get at least 360 signatures before the filing period ends Nov. 24.
His committee, Citizens for Eisenhauer, does not have any new funds as of the last quarterly report. According to the Illinois State Board of Elections’ most recent campaign contributions report, Eisenhauer started the reporting period July 1 with $270 and ended it Sept. 30 with $145.
Eisenhauer did not say Wednesday whether he considered passing up a run at a fourth term, but did say that there’s no question the mayor’s office requires time, commitment and dedication.
“And I wanted to first make sure I was prepared for four more years,” said the mayor, whose time in office would equal his predecessor’s if wins in April.
Former Mayor Bob Jones served four consecutive terms but decided not to seek a fifth. Ten people ran in 2003 to succeed him; Eisenhauer won.
The only other person to publicly announce for the office so far is businessman McMahon, owner of Illini Skateland. He lost a bid to oust Eisenhauer in the last mayoral election nearly four years ago.
McMahon, who is still a county board member, announced in August that he would make another run at the mayor’s office. According to the state board of elections, his committee, Citizens to Elect James “Mouse” McMahon, started the reporting period July 1 with $764 and ended it Sept. 30 with the same amount.
And at least one of the five people who have picked up petitions for mayor has already decided not to file in November.
Lewis said Wednesday that she will not run now. She said she intended to only if Eisenhauer did not, because she wanted to continue some of the good projects the city has going.
Eisenhauer said that’s what has him excited about the possibility of another four years — projects he wants to be involved in, including development of the East Main Street corridor, which includes Danville Area Community College and the Veterans Affairs campus, and development of the riverfront where the Vermilion River runs near downtown and David S. Palmer Arena.
“These projects energize me,” he said. “So, I’m thinking of all of the great opportunities ahead of us, and having the opportunity to be a part of that was not something I could pass up.”
As for a possible rematch with McMahon, Eisenhauer said he has never run against anyone.
“I’m running for the position. It doesn’t matter if there’s one other person in the race or 10. This isn’t about me against them,” he said. “This is about standing up for what we have already proven as a team and our leadership capabilities to move the city forward. And people will either support the direction we have moved the city or they won’t. This, like any other job interview, is about what we have done and what we are capable of doing.”