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Best Mayor St. Louis 2011 - Ed Hagnauer

Nothing has come easy for Granite City mayor Ed Hagnauer. One year after he won his seat, a devastating storm ripped through his city in 2006, causing $1.3 million in damage. Two years later, the recession hit the old steel town hard. Thousands of residents lost their jobs. Businesses left. The budget grew so tight that the city couldn't afford to replace its retiring employees — even as the equally struggling state of Illinois couldn't afford to pay the $1 million it owed the town. Hell of a first term. But Hagnauer fought for his city. With such a precarious budget situation, every penny had to be stretched to its fullest potential. He focused his efforts on infrastructure: Roads were resurfaced, the sewage system was upgraded, a youth center was built. A movie theater revitalized the downtown area, and brand-new restaurants popped up. And, remarkably, the old steel town in the heart of the Rust Belt appears to be coming out of the recession in decent shape, eager to grow.

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mikejohnn
mikejohnn

Just think what he could do if he were mayor of a town,thats not full of sex offenders,crack and meth heads,its just a all around dirty town that everyone in the stl area laughs at

mikejohnn
mikejohnn

Just think what he could do if he were mayor of a town,thats not full of sex offenders,crack and meth heads,its just a all around dirty town that everyone in the stl area laughs at

david
david

As a small business owner in downtown Granite City, I have to say I agree we have the best mayor... not only in the STL area but, maybe in the whole country. Mayor Ed you ROCK !!!!

Bruce Campbell
Bruce Campbell

Mayor Hagnauer is dedicated to the revitalization of Granite City. He has made it possible for numerous small businesses to get started.

Congrats Mayor Hagnauer. BSR Used Books wishes you all the best.

Ginger Sirois
Ginger Sirois

Yay! Congratulations Ed! Metal Hedz loves you, too! :)

ColinSTL
ColinSTL

I'm a native of Granite, and I've known Eddie and his family for many years, going back to when he was a fireman at the West Granite station. Fantastic guy, fantastic family and fantastic mayor! WAY TO GO EDDIE!!!!!! And keep on keeping on, as my Mom would say!

Skeets
Skeets

Mayor Hagnauer has truly made a real difference in our town ... Congratulations, Mayor. This honor is well-deserved!

david
david

Are you so stoned you forgot that you already posted this? I'm impressed...... Not.

david
david

Careful Mike your IQ is showing.

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