QUINCY (WGEM) -- Former local journalist and Quincy University instructor, Nora Baldner (D), announced her candidacy for Quincy Mayor on Thursday.
Baldner made the announcement on her Facebook Page, Nora Baldner for Mayor and during a briefing at 12:30 p.m. in Clat Adams Park.
Baldner says she plans to support the local healthcare system, businesses, the police and fire department, transportation, new jobs and recycling.
She says Quincy is facing major issues with the pandemic and she wants to provide the solutions by educating people on mask wearing.
"As soon as we can tie masking to being safe and supporting our businesses, then I think we're well on our way to helping each other," she said.
On Balder's campaign website, under "Qualifications," she states, "we need a forward-thinking leader and a strong collaborator. I have a proven record. We need transparency and better communication from city hall. I have experience with transparency and diplomacy. As a journalist, educator and volunteer, I have led teams, managed budgets, raised funds and created strategic plans."
Baldner is currently the Assistant Professor of Communication at Quincy University.
Baldner's website states she has previously served as president, advisor or committee member for the following organizations:
- Adams County Health Department Safe Kids Coalition
- Arthritis Foundation, Greater Illinois Chapter Heartland Region
- Arthritis Foundation, West Central Illinois Branch
- Friends of the Performing Arts
- Girl Scouts of Central Illinois
- Golden Bridges
- JWCC Parenting Fair
- Leadership Illinois
- League of Women Voters of Adams County
- Mutt Strutt
- Quincy Art Center
- Quincy Community Theatre
- Quincy Public Schools Policy Committee
- Quincy Service League
- Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association
- Racial Study Circle Participant
- Symphony of Trees Gala
- West Central Child Care Connection