7News is interviewing the four candidates running for Mayor of Wheeling to hear how they plan to move ahead with the Friendly City if elected.
Tony Domenick, who was born and raised in the city, has run for mayor over the last few election cycles.
He said if he is elected, he would like to see groups of citizens stepping up for some state-funded programs, like picking up litter across the city, especially on Wheeling Island, in Elm Grove and Warwood, where people traveling through are getting their first look at the city.
He also said he would like to see more put into the recreational facilities, like the bike and walking trails. Domenick said he thinks more benches and bike racks should be added to accommodate the traffic on them.
He also said that he would like the state tax department to take a look at the panhandling problem that Wheeling is facing. He said many of the panhandlers are walking away with $50 to $300 a day, amd not paying taxes on it.
Domenick said the Wheeling area has a lot going for it. “We’re a hub. We always will be that. No other city within 50 miles of here, and that includes quite a few of them. But it’s going to be quite an exciting time, and the mayor’s position as a leader is going to know this stuff. Not just what happens in Wheeling, but what is happening on a world-wide scale,” he said.
Domenick is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and has held a number of jobs throughout his life, which he says makes him a “jack of all trades” and the best candidate for the position.
Stay with 7News for full web videos and interviews with the other candidates throughout the week.