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Mt. Pleasant candidates make their pitch

The Southeast Iowa Union is featuring the candidates seeking elected office to city councils and school boards in the region. The Union will profile the candidates in various races throughout this week. Today, we focus on three candidates running for offices in the Mt. Pleasant area.

Steve Brimhall

1) What office are you running for and why?

I am running for Mayor of Mt. Pleasant.

2) Have you ever held this office or any other elected position?

I have held the mayor’s office for 10 years. Before becoming Mayor, I was a Ward I council person for 19 years.

3) What are three challenges you see facing the community/school district?

• Labor shortage

• Affordable housing shortage

• Infrastructure upgrades in sewer, water and roads

4) What is something the city/county/school district is doing well that you would like to build upon?

Having been a council member for 19 years and mayor for 10 years, I have gained a great amount of knowledge and experience in what it takes to be an effective public servant. I would like to use these qualities in continuing as Mayor of Mt. Pleasant.

Kent White

1) What office are you running for and why?

Mt. Pleasant City Council, Ward 1.

2) Have you ever held this office or any other elected position?

I have served one term on Mt. Pleasant’s City Council and served as Henry County Supervisor.

3) What are three challenges you see facing the community?

• Maintain a stable financial condition in the community.

• Adequate workforce and housing to attract businesses and population.

• Continue to enforce nuisance ordinances.

4) What is something the city is doing well that you would like to build upon?

Continue to improve the infrastructure of Mt. Pleasant, including streets, trails, parks and utilities.

5) Why should you be elected to this position?

I want to be a part in the progress of Mt. Pleasant.

Josh Maher

1) What office are you running for and why?

I am running for the Mt. Pleasant Community School District at-large seat to fill a vacancy by a retiring board member.

2) Have you ever held this office or any other elected position?

Not on a governmental level.

3) What are three challenges you see facing the community/school district?

a. Procuring adequate financial support to satisfy the wants and needs of the district.

b. The development and implementation of a consistent, viable curriculum for our students, particularly between the multiple elementary schools.

c. Ensuring we are not lagging behind similar communities and doing a disservice to our children with inadequate building and grounds infrastructures.

4) What is something the city/county/school district is doing well that you would like to build upon?

Open communication/input from teachers, school administrators, and community members.

5) Why should you be elected to this position?

I believe I am a good candidate and should be elected for this position because I am a vested citizen in this community. I was born and raised in Mt. Pleasant, attended K-12 in the MPCSD, and currently have two young children that will be starting their K-12 education in the coming years.

Since returning to Mt. Pleasant, I have held several leadership roles in different organizations within the community. While being involved with these organizations, I have learned to approach each decision with an open mind and consider multiple viewpoints before arriving at what I feel the best decision would be for the organization.

I am fortunate to have strong relations with business leaders, citizens, and teachers in our district. I will use these relations to keep the community informed of the needs and conditions of our school system and more importantly to accomplish what needs to be done in order to provide the best education for our youth.