PEORIA, Ill -- Three candidates have put their names in for the first district Peoria City Council race, stating they want to lead revitalization efforts to improve the warehouse area in downtown Peoria.
At-large city council member Gary Sandberg is the latest person to announce his bid for the first district seat.
Sandberg says the warehouse district has tremendous potential for bringing new residents to the downtown area.
"I don't think it's been attacked in the right way,” said Sandberg. “I've grown frustrated with the way we're approaching the rebirth of the warehouse district and I intend on maybe changing that mode."
Financial planner Denise Moore is also in the race. She disagrees with Sandberg.
"What you don't want is something slapped together that is not sustainable that does not last,” said
But candidate Randall Emert says the council should focus on making sure the streets are safe for residents.
"It seems to me if you clean up the crime in this town and the streets, it seems to me that investors will want to come back here and want to open businesses," said Emert.
The three candidates will face off in the February 26 primary election.