Montelongo Considers Mayoral Run; Says He's Not Seeking Another Council Term

Sep 15, 2020

Peoria 4th District Councilman Jim Montelongo said he's not running for another term next year, but he is eyeing a potential mayoral run.

Montelongo was elected to his current seat in 2013. Before that, he served four years as an at-large councilman.

"Two, four-year terms in one position should be plenty for anyone in public office to get things done. Now is the time to move up or move out of the way. So, it is time to pass the baton on to someone new to keep all the great things moving forward," Montelongo said.

He said he will announce his decision on a mayoral run in the next few weeks.

If he enters the race, he'll be running against at least five other candidates in February, including At-Large Councilwoman Rita Ali. Incumbent Mayor Jim Ardis has yet to formally announce if he intends to run for a fifth term.

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