Riverside may select new councilman Tuesday
by Elsie Hodnett
Oct 29, 2011 | 10382 views |  0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Riverside may have a new councilman Tuesday.

“We have had only one person show serious interest in the position, although I’ve had a couple other inquiries,” Mayor Rusty Jessup said.

Jessup said Bill Cantley has shown serious interest in serving on the council.

The council has 60 days to fill the District 3 council seat left vacant when Councilman David Todd resigned Oct. 3.

Todd was appointed to fill the District 3 council vacancy in June 2010. He replaced former councilwoman Joyce Silvers, who was elected to serve District 3 in 2008 municipal election but resigned in May 2010.

“I am glad we have a serious candidate that has come forward with interest (in serving),” Jessup said. “Bill is a long-time resident of Riverside and actually ran for city council to represent his area in the past.”

Jessup said Cantley ran in the 2008 election to represent District 5, however due to redistricting, Cantley will live in District 3 under the new map. Cantley lives on Sprayberry Road in the west side of Riverside.

“Our town is fortunate that a citizen of his caliber is willing to step up and finish this term, which ends Oct. 31, 2012,” Jessup said. “I hope the council will approve him as soon as possible.”

Cantley said he and his wife, Susan, have lived in Riverside since 1995. Cantley owns WRC Solutions in Riverside, a computer repair and networking services company.

“We have a small horse farm,” he said. “We will be in District 3 after the redistricting, which is mostly rural farming and agricultural land.”

Cantley said he wants to be a part of city government to help the community.

“I feel I can help the citizens in District 3, because I own a farm and can relate to what their needs are,” he said.

Cantley said he became interested in local government several years ago, when property touching his was being considered for rezoning.

“I researched it and found I would have lost 100 feet of property if it would have gone through,” he said. “The zoning board did not recommend rezoning that particular property. I believe that was because other concerned citizens and I addressed the issues. I think council seats are so the people can be heard and represented. That’s why I’m wanting to represent District 3. I think I can contribute to helping them.”

Contact Elsie Hodnett at ehodnett@dailyhome.com.

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