First-term mayor announces intent to run again

Photo by Tom Tigani

Supporters of Mayor Joseph Kuspa gather at Malarkey’s Irish Sports Bar Tuesday to cheer on his announcement that he will seek a second two-year term in November.

Sunday Times Newspapers

SOUTHGATE — Despite the most challenging times for the city in recent memory, Mayor Joseph Kuspa last week announced he will seek a second term.

“Officially, I am a candidate for re-election for mayor of the city of Southgate,” he told a crowd of some 200 residents, city employees and current and former elected officials Tuesday at Malarkey’s Irish Sports Bar.

Kuspa is the first and so far only candidate to declare his intent to run for mayor in November. Candidates have until May 10 to file with the City Clerk’s Office in order to appear on the ballot.

“Two years ago I announced my intentions to seek this office for the first time,” the lifelong city resident said. “At that time many of you knew me … and you rallied behind my candidacy.

“But what’s special about tonight is that we have a track record. We’ve been in office. We’ve done some things. Some things have been painful, but again, things for the betterment of the future of the city of Southgate.”

Since being elected in November 2009, Kuspa has had to address some of the most serious financial issues in city history. That has involved asking employees for salary concessions and work schedule realignments, making technological improvements, seeking out more grant funding and engaging in energy-saving measures.

Kuspa has said that he’s proud that at least so far, Southgate has been able to avoid layoffs. He also has stepped up efforts to strengthen connections with the city’s business community through the Downtown Development Authority and by publicly recognizing business owners at City Council meetings.

“(It’s) very, very gratifying for me and my family to have you all here to support those efforts to continue that progress moving forward,” Kuspa told attendees Tuesday.