“All these costs and revenue reductions presented serious challenges; however, we worked together to ensure that the city residents were not overburdened with tremendous tax and utility-rate increases,” Jackson said.
There is a possibility that all six council seats will be filled with newcomers in 2014.
Incumbent Timothy Carpenter is running in a Democratic primary on Sept. 10 against Rachelle Armstrong in Ward 1. Armstrong won the party endorsement over Carpenter in a surprise outcome in the May caucus.
Incumbent Democrat Mark Tiffer of Ward 2 is running for mayor against incumbent Independent James Calnon of Ward 4.
Councilor George Rabideau (R-Ward 3) cannot run again due to term limits, and Chris Case, a Democrat from Ward 5, decided not to run.
Mayor Donald Kasprzak also decided not to seek another term.
Kretser said he feels confident despite Jackson’s decision to get back in the race.
“The current administration has had to make a lot of difficult decisions, and he (Jackson) has been a valuable contributor to the process, but the underlying tone I’ve heard from voters in the ward is that it is time the city change direction,” Kretser said.
“They want to see a little more vision for the future, and while they are concerned about the bottom line, it has to be done with an eye toward growth and development.”
Kretser owns pod studios, a planning and design firm in the city.
Wemette said he welcomed Jackson into the race but found his decision puzzling.
“I cannot help but wonder what made Mr. Jackson decide to not seek re-election only to re-enter the race several months later,” he said in a statement to the Press-Republican.
“For our city and ward’s sake, I hope it wasn’t a case of political opportunism.”