Mount faces two challenges for council seat; Hagan does not draw opposition

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By Traci Chapman

Ward 6 Councilman Don Mount will have two challengers in the Feb. 11 primary election.

Nathan Sholund, 24, and Jess Schweinberg, 56, both filed for the Ward 6 Council seat in December.

Linda Hagan, who has served as Ward 5 councilwoman since 2005, did not draw an opponent. Hagan also served on Council from 1975 to 1979 and from 1996 until 2005.

Hagan said last week she was happy to serve another term for her ward and was excited to be a part of decisions that will impact those residents living there.

Linda Hagan

Linda Hagan

“This is a great city and I am lucky to have wonderful constituents in my ward,” Hagan said. “I’m grateful I’ve had this opportunity and look forward to continuing in this role.”

Schweinberg has been a homeowner in Mustang since 2000, having moved here in 1999 from Yukon, where he raised his family. Schweinberg was just appointed to his second term on Mustang Board of Adjustment and is managing partner with Metro Sign Corp., an Oklahoma city sign manufacturer.

Jess Schweinberg

Jess Schweinberg

Schweinberg cited Mustang’s growth as one reason he decided to throw his hat in the ring for the Ward VI seat.

“The city of Mustang has seen a very strong growth in the years that I have lived here, we (the city) are now in a position that we can be selective on who and what we pursue, as far as businesses,” he said. “We need to address our streets, water, as we all know, and to continue to work on providing clean and enjoyable parks for our children to go to, other than the streets of our housing areas.

“As I drive around looking at the parks we have, they are very much in need of being cleaned up,” he said. “There are some very good things going on around Wild Horse Park, but I hate to see it end there.”

Schweinberg and his wife of 38 years, Cindy, are charter members of Mustang Crime stoppers, involved in the organization’s start-up, as well as creating bylaws, signage and other activities, he said. Schweinberg’s son, Troy Scweinberg, lives in Mustang with his family; daughter Carla Kudrna and her family live in Tuttle.

Schweinberg has been active in youth organizations, including the Yukon Jays. He served on that board for more than 10 years, the last five of those as president, he said. He came out of coaching “retirement” to join Troy leading the t-ball team of two of his granddaughters, he said.

“Finding problems and solutions are different character traits, I am about solutions,” Schweinberg said.

Sholund did not respond to a request for an interview. According to his Facebook page, Sholund works at the Federal Aviation Administration, studies aeronautics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and was in the U.S. Navy.

Nathan Sholund

Nathan Sholund

Eighty-one-year-old Mount is seeking his second term as his ward’s representative. He moved to a 40-acre farm in Mustang in 1997. He served in the U.S. Army for 10 years before returning home to work as a bookkeeper as he completed a bachelor’s degree in accounting at Oklahoma City University. Mount worked at First National Bank in Oklahoma City and joined Yukon National Bank in 1980. He retired from YNB in 1997.

“I believe in God,” Mount said at the time he won the Ward 6 seat. “I believe in country, I believe in myself and I believe I can help this city.”

Mount did not return calls for further comment.

Don Mount

Don Mount

Mustang City Council seats are non-partisan, so any registered voter can participate in the Feb. 11 election. If one candidate receives a majority – more than 50 percent of the vote – during the February primary, that person will be elected to the seat, Canadian County Election Board Secretary Wanda Armold said Monday. If none of the three candidates hits the majority mark, the two individuals who receive the most votes will move on to the April 1 general election, she said.