MANSFIELD — Former Mansfield City Councilman Kenneth Peters is running against incumbent Betty Wilsey for the Position 4 seat.
Wilsey, 66, elected to the seat four years ago, said her main goal back then was to try and keep utility bills down because Mansfield has a lot of senior citizens on fixed incomes. She said that remains one of her key concerns in the town, but she also wants to focus on cleaning up the town — specifically, removing trash and having people improve their properties.
Peters, 45, said his biggest reason for entering the race is to make sure the city is making the most efficient use of tax dollars and fees. He said he’s also concerned about the town’s appearance.
“We care about our city and want it to be presentable and not look like a junkyard,” Peters said.
Political newcomer Adam Foged, 26, is running against incumbent Douglas Derickson for the Position 2 seat.
Foged said, “We live in a great town, but some of the houses need to be cleaned up. There needs to be a bigger push to get that done.”
Foged also said he wants the community to feel as if they have more of a voice in city politics.
“At our council meetings, you’re lucky if you see three people show up,” he said. “I think there’s a hesitation from the public to approaching the council. I think I’m very approachable and would listen to their needs and if needed, I would bring their concerns to the council myself.”
Derickson did not return several calls requesting an interview for this article.
Michele Mihalovich: 665-1188