2 Wheaton residents vie for mayor seat

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Candidates focus on improving city

Residents of Wheaton will have the opportunity this month to keep its mayor pro-temp, or replace him with a first-time mayor.

David Shockley, who was appointed to replace the late Donnie Powell in July 2013, will face newcomer Nancy Rosentreter in the election for a one-year term. The winner will have to file again in 2015, but for a four-year term.

"I have been on the council for more than 10 years, so I know the situation and what we need to do," Shockley said. "I want to continue the things we have been doing and make the city what it needs to be, being such a small town."

Rosentreter, who has served four years on the city council but has taken at least five years off, said she is running for mayor to help keep the city moving forward.

"I want to see that things keep improving for the town, and I want to try to help people," she said. "Donnie worked so hard for the town and the people, and I want to make sure that continues."

Shockley said, if elected, his top priority would be to complete the paving of Wheaton's streets.

"We did half of Main Street, but we have several side streets that needed to be fixed," he said. "I want to do the rest of Main Street if enough funds are left over."

Shockley said he also hopes to make improvements to the city's park, offering more activities and rides for local children, and he hopes to drive more business into the city.

Rosentreter said if she is elected, her first goal is to bring a storm shelter to Wheaton.

"I am still interested in finding a way to get a community storm shelter," she said. "I tried to get one while I was on the council but kept hitting road blocks, so I'd still like to try to do that."

Shockley said his advantage in the race is tenure, as he is a life-long Wheaton resident.

"I have lived here all my life, and I know what's going on, what we have done and what we need to do," he said.

Rosentreter said the upside for her is being retired, which she said will allow her more time to be at city hall and working on city business.

"I will be here for anyone who would need to speak with me, and I can be available at city hall on a daily basis," she said. "I think I could put in more time, since I am retired."

Wheaton residents will have a chance to vote for mayor during the April 8 election.

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