Bureau County Republican: Marini throws hat into SV mayor’s race

SPRING VALLEY — A long-time Spring Valley resident has officially announced his candidacy for the mayor’s seat in Spring Valley.

On Thursday, Third Ward Alderman Walt Marini announced his intentions to a gathering of family and friends.

“Today, I’m announcing my candidacy for the position of Mayor of Spring Valley,” Marini said. “I’m running because the citizens of Spring Valley want a public servant and mayor who will serve them while bringing a new level of professionalism and integrity to our city government.”

Marini also announced his new website at www.waltmarini.com, where voters can find out more about his background, the issues that matter most and how to get involved in his campaign.

Marini is a 40-year resident of the city and has served on the city council for 12 years, including five years as finance chairman.

Marini said he wanted to bring a new level of professionalism and honest communications to City Hall. He also would like to establish a conservative fiscal policy, ensure open, honest communications with residents, and open up local government with new transparency initiatives.

Marini said some people are comfortable speaking up, but he would like to enhance that.

“One of the things I’ve heard most often from my neighbors is that they want a responsive local government,” he said. “As mayor, I intend to make sure that we create and maintain honest, open lines of communication where residents can have their voice heard.”

Spring Valley City Clerk Becky Hansen said Marini, along with current mayor Cliff Banks, former mayor Jim Narczewski, and current alderman Jack Narczewski, had picked up petition packets for the seat.

Marini said he decided to get into the race when Jim Narczewski told him he wouldn’t be running again.

“Jim was going to run, and I would not have run against him,” Marini said. “But I didn’t want Cliff to run unopposed for the seat.”

Marini and Banks have had vocal differences of opinions at city council meetings, and Marini said he resigned from the finance committee because, “the mayor and I couldn’t get along.”

Marini said the costs and time involved with the city’s wastewater treatment facility as the greatest challenge facing the council in the near future. Recent options included building a new plant for $9.6 million or upgrading the existing plant at a cost of about $7 million.

Marini said he and his wife Mary Jane have dedicated many years to helping make Spring Valley great.

“It would be an honor to serve the residents as mayor,” he said. “I think I’d be good for the city.”