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Mayor John Ponkivar announces re-election bid

Craig Press staff report

Craig Mayor John Ponikvar

CRAIG — Incumbent Craig Mayor John Ponikvar is pleased to announce his candidacy for a second term in the upcoming city election, to be held in April.

"I have been privileged to serve with city council, city staff, and the citizens of Craig in working to insure great services, customer satisfaction, and a bright future for our community," Ponikvar wrote in a Wednesday news release announcing his candidacy.

He added the city has entered a period of greater financial stability and pledged to continue his work to leverage available revenue to benefit residents in an efficient way.

"The city is now in a position of financial stability, thanks to the citizens' approval of a sales tax increase in 2017, which took effect in July 2018," the mayor wrote. "I am proud of the work by the current council and city employees to make sure the funds are used in the most efficient and cost effective manner. Some of my goals as I became the mayor were to increase transparency and citizen involvement in our city government. This has been accomplished and will continue."

Ponikvar noted the community is in a period of change, and optimizing these changes will require the efforts of everyone. He pledged to continue his work to ensure Craig continues as a thriving community.

"We are embracing that change and working together to have an economic development plan that utilizes our amazing community assets to their fullest," he wrote. "I hope to continue to offer my many years of experience in business and community involvement, working toward visions and goals that make Craig the best community it can be. I would be honored to continue serving the citizens of Craig as your mayor."