Clinton Mayor Phil Fisher issued the following statement.
I have been honored to serve you as your Mayor over the previous four years and believe, working together, we have made great strides moving our City forward. Now, I am formally announcing my bid for a second term as your Mayor.
In 2013, I ran on a platform to increase Public Safety, Grow our Economy, Be Inclusive, and Transparency. How did we do?
1. INCREASE PUBLIC SAFETY – Since July 2013, CPD has increased from 40 patrolling officers to 60 patrolling officers - all equipped with body cameras and AR-15 (thanks to your donations). The CPD patrolling division was repositioned to Hyw 80, increasing police presence in one of the largest business sectors of town. And property crime dropped from 380 in FY 13 to 185 in FY 16. The CFD increased from 49 to 59 firefighters, added an additional fire truck, and will build a fire station on Pinehaven this spring. I conducted yearly training exercises to test the reaction and coordination of our Public Safety assets with adjoining City and County agencies.
2. GROW OUR ECONOMY – Since July 2013, our retail sector has added many new businesses driving our economy to an 11.25% growth over the last 3 years. Our industrial park added 8 new companies and saw the expansion of 2 existing companies for a total of 285 new jobs. The land clearing for Continental Tire has begun with site construction beginning in 2018 and completion scheduled in 2021 (adding 2500 more jobs to our City).
3. BE INCLUSIVE – In July 2013, I started the “You Belong Here” campaign, designed to not only welcome business and industry to Clinton, but to re-inforce the value of every Clinton citizen. I appointed men and women of all nationalities, races, and backgrounds to assure fair representation in City government. Our diversity is our strength and everyone grows stronger when everyone has a voice.
4. TRANSPARENCY – In July 2013, I began a twice weekly e-mail blast, reworked the City web page, started streaming the BoA meetings live and hosting a radio show twice a month- all geared to keeping you informed about your City government. I also enjoy receiving 3 or 4 questions per day from the “Ask the Mayor” section of our web page – answering your individual concerns directly. After all, it is your money and you have a right to know how your City government is operating.
We must continue moving forward, establishing Clinton as the “go to” place for those that want to live and participate in a safe, progressive City valuing faith, family, and education. I will assure that our City grows in a way that respects our past and positions us for future. I will continue to promote the City to retail and industrial businesses so that we may prosper.
Over the next few months, I look forward to expanding my discussion with you on these commitments and the many other commitments I have made to you. I look forward to laying out my plans for the next four years and listening to your desires for a better Clinton.
I ask for your consideration, vote, and support. I have said this many times and I still believe it today – Together We Can Do Anything!