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Steve Valentino to vie for Geneva city mayor

Veteran City Councilor Steve Valentino has made it official: He is running for mayor.

The city Democratic Committee announced Friday afternoon that Valentino, who represents Ward 3 on Council, is the party’s mayoral candidate.

Valentino said more than a month ago that he was interested in running, but was waiting for the committee to make a decision.

“Geneva’s momentum is headed in the right direction, but still at critical stages that need solid decision-making through a thorough understanding of past history, current conditions and future opportunities,” he said.

Valentino will face off against political newcomer Mark Pitifer, who is running on the Republican line.

City Republicans have not announced their slate, but expect to do so soon, said Paul D’Amico, who heads the GOP’s candidate selection committee.

Valentino said his priorities include addressing the city’s high tax rate, increasing revenue, making city government more efficient, protecting the lakefront, improved housing for a wide range of populations, and focusing on economic development opportunities that take advantage of the growing food and beverage industries. He said he also wants to strengthen the Community Compact and continue to “enrich relationships among residents, the police department and city staff” and expand collaboration with the town and county for combined services.”

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