BY ALICIA ROBINSON
Published: 15 June 2012 09:35 AM
Riverside Councilman Mike Gardner is throwing his support to mayoral candidate and Ward 3 Councilman William “Rusty” Bailey, Gardner announced Friday, June 15.
Bailey and former councilman Ed Adkison will vie for the mayor’s seat in a November runoff after taking the top two spots in a field of seven candidates on June 5.
Gardner, who came in third in the June 5 election, said his choice was based on the fact that not everyone on the dais has worked with Adkison because he’s been off the council about five years, while Bailey is a known quantity. The city needs a council and mayor that can work together, Gardner said.
“I am more confident of Rusty’s ability to work with the council than I am of Ed’s,” Gardner said. “If you get a mayor that tries to act too strongly it raises the possibility of there being a divide between the council and the mayor.”
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