by E.I. Hillin
Two Mustang residents are competing for the City Council Ward VI seat. Former councilman Don Mount challenges incumbent Jess Schweinberg for the post. Residents in Ward VI can cast their votes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
Both men are long-time members of the Mustang community. Mount and Schweinberg spoke at the Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on March 23. Managing a growing city was the pressing issue for both candidates at the event.
Councilman Schweinberg said he wanted to continue serving on the council because he isn’t done with his work. In an interview with the Mustang News, Schweinberg said he has more to learn.
“I have learned a lot in my short time on the council,” he said. “There are still a lot of things that I would like to see through since I have been on the council.”
Schweinberg said his priorities have not changed since he ran three years ago. Those include addressing the most obvious water issues, roads, and water treatment plant.
Schweinberg said his experience in owning and operating his own business has been beneficial to his role as city councilman, but serving on the council has helped him to gain knowledge he did not have before.
“I don’t pretend to know all the answers, but I have a lot more experience now, and will be able to bring more to the table,” he said.
If elected, Schweinberg said his role is to be transparent, set policies, ordinances, oversee the financial wellbeing of the City, to be a forward thinker, and to be prepared for the future growth of the city.
At the Chamber luncheon, challenger Don Mount said he wanted to run for the spot because he is worried about the infrastructure of the city.
“On the surface everything looks fine,” he said.
In an interview with the Mustang News, Mount said his priorities if elected will be transparency and full disclosure. He would like to see accurate reporting to the citizens with a view of the complete truth, not partial truths.
Mount said he has vast array of experience in several fields. Those involvements include previously serving as a council member, retiring from the banking business, serving as a board of director on various bank boards, obtaining a degree in accounting and 32 college hours of mathematics, and being a licensed real estate broker.
Mount said he also has experience in the construction business and has been involved in home building, commercial building, and the development business. He said he has experience in the construction of utilities, including water mains, sanitary sewers, storm sewers, waste water treatment plants, lift stations, pump stations, paving and much more.
“I am the most qualified candidate to do the job,” Mount said.
Ward VI stretches east of Mustang Road to County Line Road. A map of ward districts can be found on the city of Mustang website. According to the Canadian County Election Board, polling places for Ward VI include three precincts. The site for precinct 300 is the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1100 N. Sara Road. The site for precinct 302 is Mustang Nazarene Church, 700 E. State Highway 152. The site for precinct 303 is the Church of Christ West Metro, 4900 S. Cemetery Road.