Mayor Don Walters announced on Tuesday, April 11, he is running for a second term. In an outdoor rally in High Bridge Glens Park hosted by the Committee to Elect Don Walters, the first-term mayor listed highlights of his past four years in office.
Those highlights, according to Walters, include employment and new business openings are up, crime is down, street repaving is up, neighborhoods are seeing renewal, low utility rates, transparent communication with citizens, expanded senior housing options and the rejuvenation of downtown.
“Being in my first term, I've been mayor a relatively short time,” Walters told the crowd. “When taking office I had lofty goals, but then most people told me it takes quite a while to implement even one new program.” Walters listed programs he's started and kept going including his Not Me I'm Drug Free program, the Honorary Boulevard, Neighborhood Excellence Initiative, an incentive packet for new homeowners, public art, Better Block, Quick Response Team, police's use of the Narcan opiate antidote and allowing burial of veterans' spouses in the military section of Oakwood Cemetery.
“Serving as your mayor has been an honor of a lifetime … By working together we are bringing Falls pride back to our great city. I respectfully ask for your vote to keep our progress going and our city moving forward to a brighter future.”
Walters' kickoff announcement speech was followed by a free reception to city residents at HiHo Brewing Company on South Front Street.
Walters, a Democrat, defeated longtime Republican Mayor Don Robart in November 2013. Before being elected mayor, Walters served as City Councilman for the city's 6th Ward for 12 years.