Gary Downes made his official announcement to run for Milford City Council on Monday, February 21 at City Hall. Gary will be running in Ward 2 to replace Councilman Jason Adkins who decided in January not to run for reelection. He stated the reason for his decision to run for office was because of the strong connection that he has with the town of Milford. “It is important for me to give back. I really love this community and I would do anything for it,” stated Mr. Downes. Along with his supporters, Gary’s wife Victoria and two children Jessica and Jacob stood by his side for encouragement. Gary was born and raised in the town of Milford where his family has a long heritage. After receiving a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in business Gary opened Downes Insurance Association in 1991. He has been President of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford twice and supported many local organizations throughout the years. Gary ran for State Senate two times to represent the 18th Senatorial District; the most recent being in 2008. He helped start the Greater Milford Economic Council and was an integral part of obtaining a business park in Milford that was later owned by the City. Outside City Hall on Monday, Gary introduced himself and began to explain his intentions for the office of City Councilman. “If I am fortunate enough to serve as your Councilman I make a pledge to represent you properly and continue to support the downtown revitalization and the new Economic Development Strategy,” stated Mr. Downes. He acknowledged the progress that has been made in these areas and affirmed their importance to the city of Milford. He told his supporters that he is committed to working with the new Director of Economic Development, Richard Carmean, in establishing strategies to support the next generation. “We need to create opportunities for the younger generations by bringing better paying jobs to our community,” stated Mr. Downes. Gary commented that he wants to help create a town where his children can come back and find high quality job opportunities in the future. Mr. Downes stated that he will support lower taxes and commented on current utility prices. “We need to make sure our citizens can afford their utility bills. A lot of them are on fixed incomes and we must do our best to get a handle on them,” he remarked. Gary Downes will be running against Dirk Gleysteen to represent Ward 2 in the City Council Chambers. Election Day will be Saturday, April 16, 2011. Voting will take place at the Milford Middle School from 12:00pm to 8:00pm.For additional information regarding Election Day or voter registration contact City Hall at 302-424-3712.