A Galva native, Mike Boston would like to see his hometown thrive. To help that, he’d like to obtain the city’s highest seat.



Boston, 28, filed paperwork with Henry County election officials Jan. 21 to run as a write-in candidate in the April 5 Galva mayoral election. He joins Rich Nordstrom, the Jan. 10 caucus winner, in seeking the seat.



 


A Galva native, Mike Boston would like to see his hometown thrive. To help that, he’d like to obtain the city’s highest seat.

Boston, 28, filed paperwork with Henry County election officials Jan. 21 to run as a write-in candidate in the April 5 Galva mayoral election. He joins Rich Nordstrom, the Jan. 10 caucus winner, in seeking the seat.

“I’ve lived in Galva my whole life and have just slowly seen things here deteriorate to the point they have,” said Boston, a 2000 Galva High School graduate. “I would like to see if I can do anything to help bring back the economy or jobs and maybe clean up the downtown a bit, to get it back to where it was.”

Boston said he’d like to strengthen residents’ voices when it comes to Galva city government, making it “by-the-people-for-the-people” as much as possible.

“I would like to be more open to the people and their suggestions, run with (implement) what we can, and bring more of the community into the way the city is handled,” said Boston, who’s not held public office previously.

Boston’s worked as an agricultural products inspector for the Illinois Department of Agriculture the past two years. He’s hoping contacts he makes in that work might help him as mayor, if elected.