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Mount Vernon City Council member Richard Thomas stands in front of the site of a house deemed unsafe and demolished at 456 South 1st Ave. in Mount Vernon. (Jan. 10, 2013)(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

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Mt. Vernon City Council's Rich Thomas

Mount Vernon City Council member Richard Thomas, 30, grew up in the city. He said the city's crime rate, among other problems, could be reduced by better funding the police department and encouraging economic growth through city policies.

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