Ward 1 Alderman Paul Seemayer represents the Olde Towne area as part of his district on the Fenton Board of Alderman. It was in Olde Towne Saturday while the city was celebrating its 175th birthday and dedicating a new bridge, that Seemayer declared his intention to seek the Fenton mayor's post in April 2013.
Current Mayor Dennis Hancock announced in April that he would not seek a 7th term as the mayor.
Seemayer was first elected to the Fenton Board of Aldermen in April 2009. He is employed as a paramedic/firefighter in the , which is a separate entity from the city government.
Here are a few excerpts from Seemayer's announcement"
"Today is a day of celebration, a day to move forward and use the bridge opening as an opportunity for us to unite in making our dreams of Old Towne Fenton a reality. But we can't stop here. There is so much work to be done. The road we are celebrating on today is in dire need of repair or replacement; we need to find a tenant for the Chrysler property, a tenant that produces a symbiotic relationship with both out city and the residents. The sales tax distribution must be adjusted to, at the very least, allow cities that have gone through extraordinary hardships, such as ours, to keep a larger portion of our sales tax dollars, and stop redistributing them to other cities that refuse to allow commercial areas withing their city limits. These are just a few of the issues that our city faces in the coming years. We must maintain our responsible financial policies. It is because of these policies and the forethought of the current and past boards of this city that we have been able to weather the storm of the current economic crisis.
"It is for these reasons, and many more that you will hear about in the coming months, that I am announcing on this truly historic day, my candidacy for the mayor of the . I would like to tell my wife and family how much I appreciate their support in my endeavors . . . I would also like to thank the literally hundreds of people who have expressed their support of me.
"The election is in April of 2013, and in the coming months you will hear more from me about my views and what I believe are the needs for the future of our city. But I would also like to hear your views, so when you see me around town, please don't hesitate to say hello and let me know what you're thinking. It is difficult to represent the people of Fenton, if they don't let me know what's on their minds."
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