The Muscatine city elections will be held on Wednesday, November 3.  On the ballot is a mayoral race between incumbent Mayor Dewayne Hopkins, and challenger Diana Broderson.

In an interview with the Voice of Muscatine, each candidate discussed their views and goals if they are to be elected to the position.

Today we will look at the conversation with Mayor Hopkins.

The community of Muscatine continues to grow, yet, emergency personnel have not been added to the City departments.

“So we know that we’re undermanned in that area, in fact, we’ve applied for a grant that will provide for us four additional fire fighters for the upcoming years.”

Not only personnel is needed, the Mayor feels that the community is in need of a an additional firehouse as well, while balancing that need with the desire to not raise the city’s portion of property taxes.

“We know that we need a fire station number 3, and that need grows greater and greater every day. In the last couple of years, we annexed Ripley’s trailer park, so we need a fire station out in that part of Muscatine.  Raising property taxes in Muscatine? Yeah maybe those taxes have gone up, but not the city’s portion that has gone up. So we’ve tried to avoid that kind of a tactic, but we’re getting really close to realistically looking at this and saying, ‘well, if we’re going to build a new fire station, we’re going to have to pay for it.’  It’s that simple.”

Mayor Hopkins believes one quality that helps to make an effective mayor is accessibility. “I came into this position four years ago.  I said to myself, ‘I’m not going to be, or try to be, somebody that I’m not.’ I drive a bus.  I drive a school bus two hours a day, five days a week.  I don’t come from a lavish family.  It’s pretty simple, I’m a drummer.  I’m a sixty-eight year old drummer.”