Lifelong Davenport resident Ben Jobgen never desired to seek public office, but he felt compelled after sensing the need for better representation.

Jobgen, a physical therapist by trade, has announced his run to represent the 6th Ward on the Davenport City Council.

"I believe the City Council of Davenport functions in a capacity that overall expresses the needs of our great city," Jobgen said. "However, there are times where I believe the true function of an elected official is not maintained. This function is to represent the needs of his or her constituents."

Jobgen is one of five candidates running for the seat formerly held by Alderman Jeff Justin, who resigned from office after relocating to Florida in July.

Richard Clewell, Dale Gilmour, Sean Liddell and Chris Webster also have submitted their filing papers, paving the way for a primary on Oct. 10.

Jobgen cited the rezoning decisions for the Rhythm City Casino Resort and the impending construction of a new Costco Wholesale location in the 6th Ward in his desire to provide greater representation for residents.

"I believe the skills of listening, critical thinking and diligence make me an excellent candidate," Jobgen said. "Also, I believe I would be an excellent member of the council as I strive to conduct myself in a polite, respectful, diplomatic and tactful manner."

To learn more about Jobgen, visit benjobgen6thward.com.

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