UPDATED: Clayton hopes to be Rockland's next mayor
Rockland — With the Nov. 6 election over and incumbent Mayor Brian Harden defeated by businessman Frank Isganitis, the city council will soon elect a new mayor.
In an email to local members of the press Friday, Nov. 9, Councilor Will Clayton announced his interest in serving as the city's next mayor.
"First and foremost, I am excited for the opportunity, if granted by the majority of the council, to represent the citizens further," Clayton said in an email Nov. 10. "In last week's election we saw a nation divided, virtually split in half, and I believe we see some of that here in Rockland. People want to see us move forward and I intend to offer that."
He noted the mayor's seat is one of equal standing to all the other councilors.
"No one person has a higher authority than another," he said. "I would like to see our meetings move forward more expeditiously to allow councilors and citizens alike to get home at a decent hour."
Clayton, 33, was elected to the city council in November 2010. He attended Rockland schools, graduating from Rockland District High School in 1997. He is executive meetings manager and wedding coordinator for the Samoset Resort.
The next city council meeting is Nov. 14.
"We have our monthly meeting this coming Wednesday and the following Monday will be our Organizational Meeting where the mayor is elected to a year term," he explained.