MUSCATINE, Iowa–As July came a close, Chad Bishop announced his intent to run for Mayor of Muscatine. Bishop represents the third candidate to enter into the race.
A Muscatine native, Bishop graduated from Muscatine High School before attending the University of Iowa to study communication. After graduating, Bishop spent several years doing video production work, first in the Cedar Rapids area and later in Chicago, before returning to Muscatine. Since coming back to the city, Bishop has worked as Muscatine Community College’s media production specialist and also operated his own small businesses, Dreampost Media Services and the River’s Edge Event Loft. Bishop also earned a master’s degree in psychology through a combination of in-person classes at Western Illinois University and online classes.
As an extension of both his professional and personal interests, Bishop operates the Muscatine Independent Film Festival and plans to host Muscapalooza this September. He has also produced a variety of local cable programs, including the Aural Xam Sound Stage, as well as several films about Muscatine’s history, including “Man in Purple” and “Baker Institute,” both about the life of one of Muscatine’s most colorful former residents, Norman Baker.
Wanting to use his creative skills to help people throughout the community, Bishop decided to run for mayor this fall. “I’ve always wanted to use my creativity not just to benefit myself but to benefit others too,” he explained.
Though Bishop has many ideas for projects he would like to spearhead as mayor, several stand out as priorities. In particular, Bishop hopes to improve communications between residents and the city to encourage problem solving and allow residents to come up with solutions to problems affecting them. “I’d like to empower the community to become independent,” he explained. To achieve these goals, Bishop would operate a mayoral website with a chat function that would allow residents to discuss issues affecting their neighborhoods and brainstorm solutions. Bishop could also forward messages along to city staff members in cases where they needed to follow up.
Bishop would also like to improve local and regional perceptions of Muscatine by welcoming more special events to take place in Muscatine. As part of that push, Bishop plans to bring back Great River Days and to continue projects already in place to make the riverfront even more conducive to holding large events. By growing the number of things to do in Muscatine, Bishop believes more Muscatine residents would have a positive opinion of their city and that people from the surrounding region would travel to Muscatine more frequently.
As Bishop begins campaigning, he invites people to learn more about his goals if elected mayor by visiting his campaign website or Facebook Page. He also encourages anyone interested in getting more involved with the mayor’s office to contact him about the possibility of serving as an unofficial vice mayor. “A team can get more done,” Bishop emphasized.