A local civic and education advocate has announced her intention to run for the Peoria City Council.
Speaking to a group of a supporters outside her North Peoria home, Rita Ali announced her candidacy for the Peoria City Council 5th District seat. The position is currently occupied by Casey Johnson.
“I will advocate for Peoria’s 5th District and I will advocate for the city as a whole,” Ali said. “And I’ll do it in a transparent way that engages my constituents and keeps them informed.”
Ali has lived in Peoria nearly 50 years, the last 17 years in the 5th District. Ali’s family moved to Peoria from Hannibal, Missouri after her father accepted a factory job at Caterpillar when she was six year old.
Ali has been a member of many civic and education committees and organizations, including the Advisory Committee on Peoria/Community Relations. Ali said she was first appointed to the committee when she was 14 years old and now serves as the committee’s chairperson.
“I found my voice at a young age in Peoria, and I want to use this voice to advocate for my district on Peoria’s City Council,” Ali said.”
Ali said she decided to run for City Council for two reasons.
First, she is not satisfied with the current situation. Ali said 5th District residents deserve “strong representation from someone who lives in the district who will return phone calls and listen to their concerns, not give lip service.”
Secondly, Ali said she has a proven record of getting things done and will bring the expertise of private sector work and leveraging public-private partnerships to the City Council.
Ali said her platform will focus on economic and job development, property taxes, neighborhood safety and education.
“I’ve worked the outside of city government,” Ali said. “I’m ready to represent Peoria and my district on the inside.”