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Cory Boyles files for District 3 city council seat

By AARON KENNEDY - akennedy@ftimes.com

Cory Boyles filed his declaration of candidacy before the noon deadline Friday at the Clinton County clerk’s office.

A former county commissioner, Boyles says he is ready to return to local government after stepping away a little more than three years ago.

“I am not a stranger to politics,” Boyles said. “I was a county commissioner for four years and previously ran (for city council) before that.”

Boyles is running for the District 3 seat on the council that is up for grabs after Lewis Wheeler declared his candidacy for the Republican mayoral primary. Michael Bright is also running for the District 3 seat on the council.

“What made my decision now is pretty much solely the debt we are taking on,” Boyles said. “We are taking on massive amounts of debt, and I don’t think we really have vision for what we are doing. We are doing pet project after pet project, and I just don’t think we have a vision and goal for what we are doing.

“We are doing a splash pad downtown but then we are redoing the entire pool system down (at TPA Park),” he continued. “I am the parent of three kids, and they are separate ages. What if one kid wants to go to the splash pad and one wants to go swimming? What am I supposed to do? We are looking at a 12-million-dolllar project and an 8-million-dollar project. That is 20 million dollars between these two projects. That is mind-boggling. “

Boyles says he brings a lot of experience from his four years as a county commissioner and that he was fiscally responsible as the president of the county commissioners.

“Everything I took on cut costs and improved the services we had. We went from having outdated everything to having one of the most state-of-the-art systems now,” he said. “I started in the county, and now I am heading into the city. I think I bring a knowledge of the overall government of Clinton County and the city. There are things that I know that not many on the city council knows to the depth that I do.

“There are lots of things that I have done to help this community from the county side,” Boyles added. “The reason I ran for commissioner is because the problems I saw going on, and I thought I could help. And that is what I am doing now. I have been out of politics for three years, but I see a problem with our spending. We can still have projects and improve things without going a million miles an hour.”

Polls will be open for the primary election from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 7.