Anderson retired in 2016 after 31 years teaching at Camdenton R-III and decided he would put his name out for vote if no official candidates came forward.
During the April elections, a noticeable vacancy was sen in Camdenton Ward III, as no candidate stepped forward for the position. This led the city to hold a write-in vote for the spot and with a total of 11 votes, Mark Anderson was handed the position. However, though he didn’t initially throw his hat in the ring for the candidacy, Anderson says he is ready to do what he can to support his ward and the city.
“I’m gonna do my best,” Anderson said. “I want to make sure Camdenton keeps moving forward.”
Anderson retired in 2016 after 31 years teaching at Camdenton R-III and decided he would put his name out for vote if no official candidates came forward. He says that former Alderman Sandy Osborn had asked him to run years ago, but this year was the first time he decided to take the chance. He said that his mindset going into the election was that if he was chosen through the write-in, he would find it hard to turn down the opportunity.
Before taking a seat at his first council meeting, Anderson says he has been thoroughly updating his knowledge on a number of community issues and projects that are being worked through. One of the main pieces of business at recent council meetings has been the ongoing discussions into the community building project. Anderson says he is for the concept, though is concerned over the methods of funding that the city will use in the six phases of construction.
Through being in the community, Anderson feels that he knows a number of the council members well enough, though is excited to form a deeper relationship with everyone. He hopes to bring his perspective on various council agendas immediately and showcase different ideas for the city.
Overall, Anderson says that he hopes to represent his ward effectively and make the most out of the opportunity that he has been granted.
“I want to do what’s best for this community and let people know that if they have any issues, they can always reach out to me,” Anderson said.