MUSTANG — Roads and other infrastructure are some of the priorities for three men running for the Mustang City Council Ward 6 seat. The election will be Feb. 11.
Incumbent Don Mount, 81, is seeking re-election. Jess Schweinberg, 56, and Nathan Sholund, 24, also are running for the seat.
Mount was elected in 2011. He is a longtime Mustang resident and retired banker. Mount said his goals would be to simply represent the citizens in his ward the best he can. Mount said he has saved the city money during his time on the council.
“We had a water line leak that was going to cost the city about $70,000 to fix, and when it was ultimately done, it only cost about $6,000 — and I think one of the reasons for that is I spoke up,” Mount said.
He also cited improvements at city baseball fields. Mount said he helped get what was expected to cost more than $500,000 down to less than $200,000.
He also wants to see road improvements on SW 89 and SW 59.
“The condition they are in is deplorable, and I get calls on them all the time,” he said.
Schweinberg said he got into the race because he thinks he can improve the city. He cited his experience in owning MetroSign as a reason he would be a good fit for the council. Schweinberg also has served on the board of adjustments in Mustang.
“Anytime someone runs, it's because they think they can do a better job or are displeased with the way it's currently being done,” he said. “I've always been interested in getting involved, and I feel like I have something to offer. I've owned a business for 20 years, and I like to think I'm successful. I thought this was the perfect time to get involved.”
Schweinberg said his goals for the city are wide-ranging.
“We have road and water issues, we have a number of commercial businesses coming in, and I don't think anyone would say that is a problem,” he said. “But with that growth, there is a need for infrastructure. If we want to sustain that growth we're experiencing, we need to be ready for it.”
Sholund is a Mustang native. He graduated from Mustang High School in 2008 and returned to the area after his service in the U.S. Navy. Sholund is attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, pursuing a bachelor of science in professional aeronautics.
“I've always loved politics, and I wanted to get involved in some way,” he said. “I thought this was a great way to start, by giving something back to the place where I grew up.”
If elected, Sholund said, he would continue to promote growth in the city.
“Right now, Mustang is growing quite a bit,” he said. “I would like to see it continue to grow with more businesses coming in. But I also think it's important that we keep that hometown feel as much as we can. We also need to improve infrastructure — specifically roads, which we have some problems with on SW 59 and Sara and Mustang Road.”