(PEORIA) WEEK - Peoria's Mayoral race keeps growing.
Saturday, Couri Thomas, who ran against incumbent Jim Ardis and lost by just over a thousand votes in the 2017 election, is now putting in his bid.
Thomas announced his candidacy Saturday morning in front of the Richard Pryor statue in Peoria's warehouse district.
Couri said in the last three years he's been observing, listening and learning more about what Peoria needs.
In a Fcaebook post discussing his plans for the River city, Thomas said
I'm running to represent the highest standards of Peoria's history, legacy and future potential, with relentless representation and setting a plan that inspires more progress, confidence and growth. Sometimes, great risk will reap great responsibility and great rewards!
"I visualize a clean culture in Peoria Illinois that will strengthen our ties through networking and connecting opportunities within our community. We will collaborate as one Community by pooling our resources with Leadership aiming to add value to our lives. We will secure Public Safety throughout all of Peoria - north, east, west and south. We will do this by enhancing information and education, suggesting sound techniques in governing Public Safety strategies that strongly encourage public services and neighborhood activism, connecting us to a common goal toward prosperity and wellness."
Thomas is now the fourth mayoral candidate for Peoria. He joins Community Activist; Chama St. Louis, Entrepreneur; Andres Diaz, and Pastor Chuck Brown.
To learn more about his campaign you can visit his website here.
Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis has not officially confirmed whether he is running for re-election.