Mount Vernon Comptroller Maureen Walker informed The Journal News yesterday that she will seek the Democratic nomination for mayor, likely pitting her against current Mayor Clinton Young, who is in the fourth year of his first term.
“Mount Vernon needs bold, innovative and capable leadership. Leaders who are not influenced by special interest groups; leaders who are not afraid to make the tough decisions needed; leaders who will place the best interest of the city above politics,” Walker wrote in her press release.
Here is the full text of her releaseMT. VERNON COMPTROLLER TO SEEK MAYORAL OFFICE
Feb 24, 2011
I have decided to seek the democratic nomination for Mayor of Mount Vernon at the upcoming primary elections to be held on September 13, 2011. As the City Comptroller, I have made the resources of the Comptroller’s Office readily accessible to all residents and businesses. I have also brought efficiency, effectiveness, and responsiveness to my office resulting in an extended and unprecedented period of financial stability to the City of Mount Vernon. However, this financial stability has, unfortunately, not transcribed into the advancement of our city and its residents from a quality of life perspective. It appears that our city is the victim of partisan politics which has resulted in a leadership vacuum and a decline in our quality of life.
The City of Mount Vernon is now standing at the crossroads between crisis and hope, between economic decline and advancement opportunities, between past failures and future prosperity. We must make wise choices if we are to steer our city out of the dangerous riptide it has been led into. Restoring pride in our city, providing our residents with the services they deserve and continuing to place people above politics will be my primary objectives.
Mount Vernon needs bold, innovative and capable leadership. Leaders who are not influenced by special interest groups; leaders who are not afraid to make the tough decisions needed; leaders who will place the best interest of the city above politics. I represent that leadership. I am duly qualified and experienced and possess the independence, strength and know-how to chart our city into a brighter tomorrow. I am asking our residents to join me and together we can make our city government more professional, more efficient, more responsive and more accessible to our residents and businesses.
Maureen Walker, CPA, MBA, BSc (Hons.)