Westfield Mayor Andy Cook isn’t quite ready to step away from city government.
The city’s first mayor, Cook has announced he will run for a fourth term in 2019.
“Every four years you visit, ‘Should I do this again?’ For me, it was a pretty easy decision,” Cook said. “I am still having a lot of fun or I wouldn’t be doing it. I think we’ve made a lot of progress. We intend to continue with the vision.”
During his first year in office in 2008, Cook established a list of 10 items he wanted to accomplish as mayor.
“If memory serves me correct, we have accomplished all 10 items except one, and that one item has to do with Carmel and Westfield ZIP codes,” he said. “Carmel ZIP codes exist in Westfield, and although we have solicited the support of our U.S. Congress people, we have so far been unable to move the United States Postal Service.
“So, what I have been able to do is provide goals and results. And we’ve done it with a very key word, and that is integrity.”
If re-elected, Cook has a new set of goals for governing the city.
“I want to be sure that the continuity of leadership continues the vision we have set,” he said. “Before I leave office, I want to do everything within my power to be sure that the next round of leaders, including the mayor, serve with integrity.”
Other goals include continuing the development at Grand Park, further development and the completion of Grand Junction Plaza, the development of an extensive trail network and increasing economic development within the city, among objectives.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed serving as the first mayor,” Cook said. “When I got here, the challenge was to manage our gift of growth well. We feel we have done just that with transparency, openness and integrity.”