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Dan Cravens, who had announced his intentions in May, filed his petition for candidacy early this morning.
In a press release he explained his reason for running.
"Blackfoot is a great community. Neighbors care about each other.Â The quality of life we enjoy here is great," Cravens said.
"However, there is a threat to our quality of life.Â We need better job opportunities for our citizens.Â Each year we lose more and more of our youth to other communities, often far from Blackfoot, because our young people feel like they need to leave our city to find opportunity.
"This trend does not bode well for Blackfoot.Â Our city needs a mayor who understands economic development, a leader who can help attract quality jobs to Blackfoot," Cravens continued. He is the regional economist for the Idaho Department of Labor and is based in the Pocatello office.
"In order to attract new businesses, andÂ keep those we already have, we need a leader who will help create and maintain a leaner and more fiscally responsible government," Cravens said.Â
"Leadership also requires listening and respecting the citizens of our community.Â Not all good ideas come from government, as mayor I will listen to the people," he continued.Â
"My experience in economic development; as a communicator; and in business, make me the right person to be the next mayor of Blackfoot," Cravens concluded.Â
Cravens announced his candidacy for the post in May. He seeks to replace Mike Virtue, who has served the past eight years. Earlier this year Virtue announced he will not seek another term.
Other candidates for mayor of Blackfoot have two weeks during which to file their paperwork and begin their campaigns.