Vows More Responsive City
MULBERRY -- Mark Seigler
, who is campaigning on a slogan "For The People," is a newcomer to seeking elected office, but his
family is not.His
father, the late A.M. Seigler, served on the Mulberry City Commission
from 1968 to 1992.Seigler, 43, funeral director at Seigler Funeral Home, predicts this year's election will change the makeup of the City Commission.He
city officials need to be more responsive to the public.
"I don't see where the people of the city have had representation by the majority of the commissioners for the past several years," he
was involved in the drive to rename Ninth Avenue to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and he
said that's an example of an issue commissioners ignored for years.He
said many people stopped attending City Commission meetings because they don't feel they will receive a fair hearing for their complaints.
"I've seen some people gaveled down at the end of their five minutes, but if they're in the corner of the majority they're allowed to continue talking," Seigler
In Mulberry, the mayor is in charge of running commission meetings.Seigler
would allow everyone to speak and let them speak as long as they wanted as long as they were not repetitious or disorderly.
will be vocal himself.
"I plan to ask a lot of questions," he
said."Too much has been left in the dark."Seigler
concerned about the personal nature of some of the politics in Mulberry.
One issue that arose in 2003 when he
was becoming politically active was his
1998 arrest on a charge of soliciting another to commit lewdness at Christina Park, between Lakeland and Mulberry.He
pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge, adjudication was withheld and he
was sentenced to six months probation and 30 days of community service, according to court records."It's no secret," Seigler said, adding he didn't think the arrest affects his ability to serve as mayor.
"If I did, I wouldn't be running," he