Troup to seek second term

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QUINCY — Quincy Mayor Mike Troup announced Monday morning that he would run for re-election in 2025.

Troup made his announcement at Quincy’s American Legion Hall following a weekly local meeting that includes many active Quincy and Adams County GOP members.

“Four years ago, this city was at a crossroads and I saw an opportunity to grow,” he said. “I ran on several issues: the importance of public safety of both fire and police, the importance of increased infrastructure improvements, the need to bring back retailers to Quincy to return as a strong retail hub that it previously was. Fourth, pay down our unfunded police and fire pension liabilities. Five, I love Quincy. I was raised here. My wife was raised here. We were blessed to raise our three children here. It was a great family town. It remains a great family town and I’m thrilled my grandchildren are now also being raised in Quincy.

“I am proud of how I’ve been able to lead Quincy, serving as your mayor. I believe we have delivered on major issues, but I see there is much work ahead. Based on my health and my family’s support, I am excited to announce my decision to run for re-election as mayor of the City of Quincy.”

He mentioned his State of the City address, which was given last Friday at the Quincy Service Club and again touted his accomplishments, with the arrival of Quincy’s Target store and infrastructure improvements at the top of his list, while also admitting there is much more work to be done.

“I think we’ve made some good progress in my three years here,” Troup said. “I’d like to keep going.”

Troup received applause and chants of “four more years” during the announcement before about 50 people at Legion Post 37.

He also choked up a bit while discussing the conversations he had with his family on the difficult decision to run for a second term.

“They (his family) had some concerns,” Troup said. “The political environment in this country is not good, right? And the state we live in is similar to the national issues. I think it’s better locally, but there’s still issues. The family doesn’t like what comes with that part of the job and I get that.”

The next consolidated election is scheduled for April 1, 2025, with the primary scheduled for Feb. 25, 2025. Former Alderman Dan Brink announced his intention to seek the mayor’s office last September.

The Citizens to Elect Mike Troup Mayor committee, formed in 2020 for Troup’s first campaign, now has $41,356.18 in its account, according to a quarterly report filed on Jan. 16 with the Illinois State Board of Elections. The committee has not raised any money since Troup was elected.

“I’ve talked to several people and said ‘let me get through this decision,'” he said. “As you know, it’s been awhile thinking about this. We’ll confirm the committee again and start pulling all of the pieces together.”

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