Mayor Steven Connelly filed Thursday to run for a fifth term as Berea’s mayor. Connelly was first elected mayor in 2002, defeating incumbent Clifford Kerby. He won re-election in 2006, 2010, and 2014. Prior to that, he served three, two-year terms on Berea City Council, beginning with his election in 1996.
After filing his papers for re-election, Mayor Connelly made the following statement. “I filed to run for mayor today with several goals in mind. I think this is a time of transition, and I would like to see certain policies carried through.
First, I will work with council to safeguard and protect the finances of the city through prudent budgeting and efficient spending, by maintaining our capital reserve and rainy-day accounts, and expanding our local economy through support for existing industry, expansion of tourism, and by seizing niche opportunities for small business development.
Second, I will work with council to maintain and expand our first-class workforce by providing training, good equipment, and competitive salaries.
Third, I would will with council to develop a post-2020 plan to purchase wholesale electric power for BMU that is focused on the long-term and utilizes diversified sources and multiple contracts to reduce the danger of market fluctuations.
Berea’s remarkable history has four themes: education, social justice, economic opportunity and environmental stewardship. Drawing on these themes over the next four years, I will work as mayor to emphasize improvements to our infrastructure, local economic development, providing affordable employee benefits, and conducting important citizen projects.
I will advocate four strategies to pursue these themes: continuing a productive partnership between town and college, stressing the importance of planning, striving to provide high quality services, and seeking to balance revenue and spending while saving for future needs.”