Three citizens have thrown their hats in the ring to fill the Brookings City Council seat vacated by Ron Hedenskog when he was appointed mayor.
Hedenskog replaced Mayor Larry Anderson, who resigned May 7 citing family, health and business-related matters. That term ends next January.
Kelly McClain, a real estate agent with Century 21, joined Curtis Williams and Dave Kitchen in the race for Seat 4.
The council will name his replacement at its regular City Council meeting June 25. That person will complete the term ending in January 2015.
McClain has three years experience on the Brookings Planning Commission, which deals with some of the same issues facing the City Council, he said.
Budget issues are foremost in the minds of all candidates.
Kitchen and Williams both said, if appointed, they would address the financial challenges facing the city.
While the city operates on a balanced budget, funding remains tight and revenue even tighter.
Neither Kitchen or Williams would say what ideas they have regarding city finances.
McClain, who has served on the city planning commission for the past three years, moved to Brookings four years ago from Phoenix, Ariz.
He earned his degree in mechanical engineering from Arizona State University and worked for Honeywell Aerospace in Tempe, Ariz., for 16 years.
“I was constantly faced with making tough budgetary decisions,” he said of that work. “Brookings will be faced with tough budget issues I hope to help address.”
He got involved in real estate in 2002.
“I wanted to get out of corporate life,” he said of the career change. “Do something completely different.”
McClain said volunteers – such as city council members – are key to the fabric of the community.
“I think the many volunteers in this community is one of the things that make Brookings such a great place to live,” he said. “I look forward to helping Brookings strike a healthy balance of providing quality services, creating a business friendly environment and encourage tourism growth in the area.”
Kitchen has served on the council and the Coos-Curry Housing Authority, was on the Coos-Curry Electric Board for six years, is the chairman for Nature’s Coastal Holiday, is an Elk, a Lion and Rotarian, and is past-president of Habitat for Humanity and the founder of the Homebuilder’s Association.
Before he retired, he owned D.K. Builders in Brookings for 30 years.
Williams, who moved to Brookings from Arkansas seven years ago, served two years on the local planning commission, is on the board for the holiday lights group, has experience as a financial advisor and as the bank manager for the local branch of Sterling Bank for three years.
Williams also served on the board of the Brookings-Harbor Community Helpers food bank, volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, is a Rotarian and has worked with the Big Brother/Big Sister program.