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Councilman David Horn to run for re-election to the Decatur City Council

Dr. David J. Horn will be seeking re-election to the Decatur City Council for the 2021-2025 term.  Dr. Horn has proudly and passionately served on the city council since May 2017.  In addition, Horn currently serves as a Professor of Biology at Millikin University, where he has been since 2005, and is one of the founders of the university’s Institute for Science Entrepreneurship. 

Councilman Horn is most proud of the assistance that he has provided to citizens in need and is honored to work collaboratively with his colleagues on the council to make Decatur better.  Horn’s areas of focus include neighborhood revitalization, fostering equitable relationships, protecting natural resources, and growing entrepreneurial opportunities.  He is a strong advocate for citizen engagement in decision making, utilizing local labor, reducing the number of video gambling establishments, and allowing cannabis-related businesses in Decatur.  Horn states “As the city focuses on recovery and overcomes the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, continuity in leadership will be essential to protect public health while restoring jobs that have been lost.”

Since being elected in 2017, Councilman Horn has attended every city council meeting, participated in hundreds of community events and meetings, and made himself easily accessible via phone (217-358-5003), e-mail (, and social media ( or  Through social media, he provides timely information on topics to be discussed at council meetings and his views on city issues.  Horn is committed to responding to every correspondence he receives. 

Councilman Horn moved to Decatur in 2005 and resides in the West End neighborhood with his life partner Millikin Professor of Social Work Mary Garrison.  Horn, age 48, grew up in Bethesda, MD.  He did his undergraduate work at Hiram College, before going to the University of Mississippi and Iowa State University for his graduate studies.  His combination of skills and experiences within the areas of science, education, government, and private industry has allowed him to serve Decatur effectively as a council member the past three years.  He is eager to continue to work with citizens and his colleagues to improve our city in the years ahead.

Horn for Decatur
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