Five Ward 3 residents show interest in vacant council chair
December 24. 2013 6:00AM
Five residents who live in Brandon’s Ward 3 have indicated they’d be willing to serve out the remaining four months of Bob Bruning’s four-year term on the City Council.
Bruning resigned from the Council effective Nov. 30, and according to City Administrator Bryan Read, Bruning is stepping down because he will be out of the state over the next few months.
Four of the five Ward 3 residents interested in serving out Bruning’s term went through a brief “interview” at the Council’s Dec. 16 meeting; the fifth candidate submitted his interest in writing. Stuart Doescher, Robert Brown, Robert “Bob” Smith, Michael Williams and John MacArthur have all expressed an interest in the four-month council position.
• Doescher, 212 S. Oak Ridge Rd., has lived in Brandon since 1974. He retired six years ago from a 36-year career at EROS Data Center.
Doescher brings prior city council experience to the table, having served five years in that capacity.
“The city has definitely grown since I came into this town,” he said. “It’s come from a small city to a bigger metropolis.”
Doescher added that he is concerned about the city’s infrastructure.
• Robert Brown, Ridgeview Place Apartments, has been a resident of Brandon since 2005. The now retired (2009) professional photographer/business owner said he is “looking for something to do and would like to be of service to the community.”
• Robert “Bob” Smith, 1708 Sylvan Circle, would also bring prior city council experience to the position. A resident of the city since 1987, Smith, has a 45-year history in the construction industry. “I know that industry,” he said, “and this town’s growing and needs somebody that understands that.”
Smith will retire next month from his job as a state plumbing inspector for the southeast district.
“I was asked if I was interested and I said, ‘yes,’ I was, as I have plans to retire Jan. 8,” he said.
• Michael Williams, 1413 Custer Parkway, has lived in Brandon since 1997, and is the son-in-law of Ward 3 Alderman Roger Brooks.
Williams says he has no agenda at this time, and feels Brandon has been “well-managed.”
He has 25 years in the banking business as a certified auditor.
• John MacArthur, 105 S. Oak Ridge Rd., has called Brandon “home” since 2003. His work history includes a 23-year stint as a retail loss prevention manager, and seven years as a bank fraud investigator.
MacArthur said his goal is to move Brandon forward by assisting with the growth and development of the city.
“Instead of complaining, I want to roll up my sleeves to become a team player for the city of Brandon,” he said.
The Council will meet to discuss the candidates, and Mayor Larry Beesley said his intent is to appoint Bruning’s replacement at the Jan. 6 meeting.
The now-vacant Ward 3 seat will be open for election to a four-year term later this year. The four-year term would start at the Council’s first meeting in May.