Goral, Thompson running for 7th ward

Goral, Thompson running for 7th ward

By Shellie Berg

By Shellie Berg

Staff Reporter

Dick Goral is challenging eight-year city council member Ann Thompson for the 7th Ward seat.

Goral is the five-year president of Roosevelt United Neighbors (R.U.N.) and a boarded-up housing task force chairman of the Council of Neighborhood Organizations. Goral also is a two-year member of the City of Rockford Homestead Board and a two-year member of the Rockford Affordable Housing Coalition.

Goral has lived on Rockton Avenue for 44 years. “I want to see the neighborhood prosper instead of go downhill,” he said. Goral said he will endeavor to involve residents in their neighborhoods.

He also wants to collaborate with law enforcement to ward off drug houses and decrease drug traffic and prostitution in the entire city.

He stated he will work with aldermen, city department heads and residents to improve and spruce up the West State corridor. “We let the west go for so long, we forget about it,” he stated, adding he wants to see a highway come in from Freeport.

Thompson sits on the Liquor Commission and the Code and Regulation Committee and was previously on the Communtiy Development Committee for three years.

Thompson said she is interested in the southwest side of Rockford and wants to see the completion of projects she’s been involved in such as the West State Street corridor study and the South Main mall.

She said that during her tenure, watch groups she helped to initiate over the past year created safer areas by decreasing the number of drug houses. “One of the things that has been established with the community and neighborhood watch groups is that we have officers that are community-involved,” she noted.

Thompson also commented that a highway running from Freeport is a good idea. “I would also like to see transportation improved here … those things needed to improve railroad transportation and airport transportation,” she said.

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