By T. Rasmussen
City councilman Dan Randleman is the first to step forward and announce his candidacy to run for Mayor for the city of Weiser this upcoming November.
Randleman is a born and raised Weiser citizen with both sets of his grandparents being from Weiser. He met and married his wife Judy and raised their two daughters here in the community. Randleman has a combined total of thirty years working for the city of Weiser on the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council. He worked twenty-five years on the Rural Fire Department and retired about five years ago from his own construction company he ran for thirty years.
“I have wanted to run for Mayor for quite some time now. I think with my experience with city business and my construction business it gives me the knowledge I would need to run our community. Being in city government for thirty years I kind of know what works and what doesn’t. I don’t think there will be any surprises there. I think Mayor Thomas has done a pretty good job with her two terms in office to keep the city moving forward and I want to continue that. I think my experience in construction will help because a lot of the projects in Weiser are along the lines of sewer plants, roads and stuff. I understand all those construction aspects and I think that will be a real asset,” stated Randleman.
Randleman plans to be a what he calls a “hands on” Mayor. He wants not only his employees to feel welcome to speak with him on community issues, but the public to feel welcome too, “I have the time to serve on a day to day basis. I find that information from the public and employees are helpful and their ideas and methods they come up with can be better and smoother for the running of the community. I want to have an open door policy both for the employees and the public to share their ideas and concerns with me.” Randleman plans to work with the City Council bringing these issues and ideas towards them that deal with the city, “The City Council is the legislative branch and the Mayor's position is the administrative. I think that the Mayor should work closely with them and keep them in the loop on projects that are being considered and other things that are going on in the city on the day to day basis so that they are aware of what's going on.”
Randleman realizes that the city can’t stay the same, “We got to move forward a little bit. We can't stay still or we will die on the vine. We have had some good things happen over the last few years and I want to continue moving projects forward. I believe growth should pay for itself. I am pro growth. Small communities have been struggling, but we are in pretty good shape. We need to promote more activities that bring in people from the outside like the Mud Bogs, Fiddle Contest and Music Festival we had last year. We need to promote them because they bring people into our community. We never know whos going to stay or move businesses here. There’s talk about refinishing the tennis courts so we can have state meets there, these things bring people and money into our community. I think we can build form some of the things we already have. We live in an area that we can tap into our recreation possibilities. In ninety minutes you can be up in the mountains. We are in the perfect location to promote recreation and tourism.”
Randleman shared that he feels he will be one of the most qualified people running for Mayor with his background in construction and time on City Council and Planning and Zoning, “That experience will be a real valuable asset to the community,” he stated. Randleman went on to say, “I look forward to the campaign. I look forward to meeting the people and discussing all their wants and needs.”