MT. PLEASANT-- City Council members met in a special meeting Nov. 6 to select a new interim council member to replace Dan Anderson who had been recently selected as interim mayor after the resignation of Mayor Sandra Bigler.
Three candidates, McKade Lusk, Matt Anderson and Russ Keisel, each addressed the council listing their qualifications and desires to serve the city.
The first candidate Russ Keisel said he has spent a lot of time in different jobs. He worked for 30 years for Rocky Mountain Power as a journeyman mechanic, on a traveling maintenance crew and in operations.
He has also held a general contractor’s license, mostly dealing with water and building structures such as sheds, additions, soffit and fascia, and cement work. He is a veteran who has served in the Utah National Guard for 21 years, serving during in Desert Storm and spent four years active duty in the military. He was wounded in Viet Nam and spent 18 months in the hospital. He said he likes to stay busy.
Kiesel has held various callings in his church serving in the high council, bishopric, and is currently an elder’s quorum president. He has also served as a coach at the high school for 30 years. He says he wants to serve the city, get his feet wet and may run for mayor next year. He said he is open minded and doesn’t judge.
Matt Anderson approached the council and said he owns three businesses and is a fourth generation business owner. He is also a veteran and honors and supports anything military.
He also is against any city project that raises taxes and believes there are other avenues than raising taxes for them. He also believes that if taxes need to be raised, then there should be a sunset on them. He wants to see the community grow so children can stay and maintain the safety of children. He said he would love to serve and believes in Mt. Pleasant.
McKade Lusk, 34, has lived here his whole life. He is married with two boys, ages 2 and 6 and wants the community to grow and develop so they can stay here and work. He has mostly worked in concrete construction in many states and counties. He helped modified the Fairview Tunnel and is currently a project manager for an engineering design firm and has worked hand in hand with different cities.
Lusk said he has spent entire adult life making communities better for others. He said being younger he has a different perspective than others who are on the council now. He said the greatest resource city has is its people and the council needs to make opportunities so more people can stay. He believes his skills and experience can add to the community and would be honored to serve the community that has shaped so many generations.
Mayor Anderson then announced the council would select the councilman by secret ballot that were gathered by Jeanne Tejada, city recorder. She then announced that Russ Keisel had been selected as the new interim council member.
Both Mayor Dan Anderson and Russ Keisel were sworn in by Jeanne Tejada, city recorder.