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      Frank Flanders announces he will seek re-election for mayor of Ottumwa

      Ottumwa Mayor Frank Flanders announced his intention to run for re-election this November.

      Flanders said in the time he's been in office, $9 million of street repair and construction have begun, with $6 million of that funding coming from state and federal grants. There's also been economic development with the opening of several new businesses and the city has forged a better relationship with the Ottumwa Water Works. That relationship lead to working out John Deere's sewer separation project and making the already good ties with that business community even stronger.

      If re-elected, Flanders said the biggest challenge he will face as mayor is the city's budget.

      "We've got to find a way to keep our street repair working, we've got to find away to keep our fire department fully staffed," he said. "And one thing that I'm really proud of in my services, I've become Ottumwa's - the people's - go-to mayor. Someone has a concern about something, they know they can come to me and that I'll do everything I can to resolve their issue for them."

      Flanders said the strongest development during his term has been the cooperation between business, labor and economic development in the city.

      He could face Tom Lazio on the mayoral ballot in the fall, who announced his campaign for mayor in June.