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‘Much more to do’ as Weisner makes reelection bid official

AurorMayor Tom Weisner

Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner

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Updated: October 4, 2012 9:58PM

AURORA — Mayor Tom Weisner Thursday made it official — he will run for a third term in April 2013.

Standing before a packed house at a fundraiser at Pipers Banquets on the northeast side, Weisner said he still enjoys the job. And while he touted what he considers accomplishments of his first almost eight years in office, he said there is still plenty to do.

“Aurora is a city that works,” he said. “But it works because [many different groups and people] work together to create a whole that is bigger than the sum of the parts.

“And that, frankly, is why I want to be your mayor for one more term.”

Weisner’s listing of accomplishments was more like a group of projects in progress, things he would like to see through, such as RiverEdge Park, SPARK — a new program for children from birth to age 5 bringing together school, police, social service, faith-based and city officials, economic development programs, sustainability and crime-fighting programs.

He praised the work of the Aurora Police Department in reducing crime to a 30-year low and the city going the entire year so far without a homicide. He drew applause from the audience when he mentioned the 19 people arrested two days ago by Aurora Police and federal officials on drug and gun charges.

“We have made great progress, no doubt about it, but we have much more to do,” he said.

Weisner talked about the city’s recently building of 48 miles of fiber optic, and how the challenge now will be to get that to Aurora’s schools.

“The schools have to have the ability to hook on,” he said.

Weisner’s announcement came as no surprise. He has been holding fundraisers and recently announced a new Facebook page and presence on Twitter.

Whether or not he will have an opponent remains to be seen. But one of the members of his campaign committee, also announced at the fundraiser, is Aurora attorney Richard Irvin, who ran against Weisner in both 2005 and 2009.

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