By MARY ANN HOLLEY
O’Fallon, MO — Bob Howell, a member of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562 and a third-term O’Fallon councilman, filed paperwork recently, making his candidacy for the mayor of O’Fallon official.
Candidate filing began in mid-December for the April 4, 2017 election. Howell will challenge incumbent mayor Bill Hennessy, who also filed.
“The residents and businesses throughout the City don’t expect their elected officials to reinvent the wheel. They just expect answers to their questions or help with a situation in a timely manner,” Howell said.
‘GO TO’ COUNCILMAN
Howell, also a member of the Tri-County Labor Club, and former member of the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission, has delivered on those expectations earning a reputation as the ‘go to’ councilman that gets results for working families.
Early in his city representation, he found millions of dollars of unnecessary spending in the budget and moved that money into the streets and road funds to get the much needed road repairs done throughout the city’s subdivisions and arterial roadways.
As O’Fallon’s ‘go to’ councilman, Howell said he looks forward to serving the City’s ‘go to’ mayor.
“I've made a lot of friends in the last several years in our wonderful city and received a lot of thank you cards and phone calls. That's what keeps me excited about public service and our community,” Howell said. “Being able to help someone reach a solution is a good feeling.”
Howell has been a valuable labor supporter in his position as councilman and was instrumental in seeing that the new City Justice Center achieved a 100-percent union Project Labor Agreement. He has long been vocal about saving jobs in the city, and works to see that those working for the city get a fair shake.
Howell commented on the O’Fallon community and his optimism for the future saying “We have a fabulous atmosphere in O'Fallon and I just want to make sure we become more proactive than reactive, a challenge for the current administration over the past few years. I believe that O'Fallon’s best days are ahead of us, and together we can grow jobs and provide for our community.”
O'Fallon is the seventh largest City in the entire State of Missouri. With a current population growing to over 87,000 residents and a projected population of over 115,000 in the next several years, the community is going to need some major revenue draws to continue to keep City taxes as low as possible and still deliver the excellent services provided to the community now, Howell stressed.