Editor's Note: This is the second of two stories profiling the candidates for City Council, with the first story published on Saturday. The stories are part of a series of profiles for city contested races and referendum that are on the April 9 Consolidated Election ballot.
MT. VERNON — Four candidates and one write-in candidate are on Tuesday's ballot for two city council seats.
In order as they appear on the ballot, the candidates are incumbent Dennis McEnaney, Donte Moore, David Morgan, incumbent Todd Piper and write-in candidate Steven Casper.
Morgan said he is running for the city council because residents are in need of a new kind of leadership.
"The people are in want and need of a new kind of leadership that includes the citizen having a solidified say in city matters," Morgan said. "The citizen will have the ability to vote on issues through my social media sites and phone bi-weekly."
Morgan said he has thousands of people on his social media sites that are Mt. Vernon residents.
"I will be employed full time to the position, monitoring thousands of votes, by citizens through polls conducted," Morgan said.
Morgan said his platform includes several points.
"Give citizens a say in decisions I make by bi-weekly vote," Morgan said. "Follow budget-book and eliminate wasteful spending; never raise property taxes; bring jobs; protect children and schools from gun violence; raise fire department staff; cut energy costs putting more on to local markets."
Morgan said a vote for him is a vote for leadership by the people.
"The citizen will be able to vote on issues bi-weekly before I make decisions," Morgan said. "This is how I plan to restore your confidence in the city hall and together we will set a standard for the rest of the nation. I will be elected by the people and for the people at all times."