AURORA, IL – Success!!
TMSG Publisher Sherman L. Jenkins retained his seat as Alderman-at-Large for the City of Aurora defeating two challengers in the City-wide municipal election contest on April 2nd.
“Aurora is on the move now,” Jenkins stated. “We are approaching the tipping point where all Aurorans can enjoy a quality of life never realized before.”
Jenkins and his supporters and volunteers knocked on doors throughout Aurora working to get voters out to vote for him. Jenkins announced to supporters that his experience and willingness to maintain a visionary outlook regarding the future of Aurora, are strong attributes that are needed in this current environment.
As alderman-at-large, he and fellow Alderman-at-large Robert J. O’Connor cover the entire city. The mission of the City Council and Alderman’s office is “to serve the residents and businesses of the City of Aurora in a responsive and effective manner through leadership and legislative action for the present and future well-being of the community.”
As the former Executive Director of the Aurora Economic Development Commision, Jenkins central focus involves economic development. “I want to work with the council, city staff and residents to advocate for pro-active Economic Development programs that brings good-paying jobs with livable wages to Aurora. We need to push for partnerships among various taxing bodies to advance efforts to lower taxes and bring a superior quality of life for all Aurorans; and we need to increase efforts to stream-line the business development process so that more companies, large and small, can open sooner thus producing more jobs and revenue for the City in a more expedited manner.”
Jenkins served as Executive Director and Assistant Director of the Aurora Economic Development Commission (AEDC) for the City of Aurora. He began service with the AEDC in 1991 until he retired in December 2012. The AEDC under Mr. Jenkins’ leadership fostered the development of city’s first downtown Master Plan, established the formation of the Seize the Future Development Foundation (now Invest Aurora), led a negotiating team to land the Chicago Premium Outlets, spurred the construction of the Eola Road Interchange and spearheaded the attraction of many corporations such as FHP and International Paper.