MARION - Donald Holman plans to throw his name into the race for Marion city commissioner in April 2019. He made his announcement formal last week.
No stranger to city elections, Holman opposed Robert Butler for mayor in 2007, and despite losing handily, still managed to collect more than 500 votes. Now 51 years old, Holman said the city has made great strides in recent years, but there is still room for improvement.
"If elected, I would like to make our schools more secure," he said. "I would be in favor of hourly walk-throughs by our police officers and would also ask officers to escort students to and from buses."
Holman said he would like to see public transportation opportunities increased; citywide garbage collection as opposed to independent contractors and does not favor raising taxes.
The only way he would support one, he said, is if the tax was short-lived.
A native of Mendota, Holman is a custodian at Parkway Manor in Marion. He previously worked at Sam's Club and Kroger's. He is also a member of the First Baptist Church.
"I think I have a chance to win," he said. "Both Anthony (Rinella) and Angelo (Hightower) are running for mayor, so there are two commissioner seats available."