Marvin Charleston challenged incumbent District 2 Alderman Chris Lund for an open seat on the city council. Charleston lost. But Lund also won a second, simultaneous bid for mayor Tuesday, edging out challenger and incumbent Alderperson Matt McIntyre.
Lund will vacate his post as alderman later this month, leaving an open seat.
“I’m planning on applying for (Lund’s) seat today,” Charleston said Wednesday.
The Edgerton City Council allows anyone eligible in an aldermanic district to petition for a vacancy.
The council, which must have a majority vote to appoint a vacancy, will interview Charleston and any other candidates for the seat at an open meeting, probably later this month.
Charleston said he’s glad for a second run at a council seat. The 41-year-old chef had been out of town recently, doing consulting work. That left him just a week before Tuesday’s elections to do the bulk of his campaigning.
Charleston said he visited homes, grocery stores and Laundromats to pitch ideas to the public.
“I think the guys who walk yard-to-yard are crucial in local government. That’s where it begins,” he said.
Charleston said he sees economic recovery as a top issue for most residents.
“The economy really snuck up on little towns like (Edgerton). Some decisions that were made five years ago look poor now. That’s not to say it’s somebody’s fault, specifically,” he said.
Charleston and his wife, Lisa, know adversity. He said the recent bad economy cost him his local restaurant and his home.
“We’ve fought hard, but we’ve stayed here. We just haven’t gotten discouraged,” Charleston said.
Charleston said he would push for transparency in government.
“I don’t want to sugarcoat things. Somebody saying, ‘It’s good for the city,’ isn’t good enough,” Charleston said.
Specifically, Charleston said he’d be a public liaison for sewer and water treatment plant work.
“It’s something people should have an open book policy on as far as what are the city’s desires versus the city’s needs,” he said.