Tollenaer Running for RI Mayor
A second person has joined the race for Rock Island mayor. Thursday alderman Stephen Tollenaer announced he's a candidate for the election next spring.
Now serving his third term on the city council from the 4th ward, Tollenaer says he wants to continue the current effort of trying to bring more retail businesses to the city.
And he calls the recent failure of the Walmart project "unfortunate."
Rock Island spent a lot of money preparing the site for Walmart, but he will keep working to find other possible businesses for what used to be Watchtower Plaza.
Also if elected, Tollenaer promises to work with the Park Board and the Library Board as they plan for the future.
Already in the race for Rock Island mayor is Mike Thoms who announced his candidacy in August. Current mayor Dennis Pauley has not yet made a decision.