Two candidates are facing off to chance to take up the Chandler Town Council at-large seat.
Michael Bell (Republican) and Sandy Elder (Democrat) are on the ballot for the Tuesday, Nov. 5, general election to take on the seat. The winner of the election will take over the spot of current At-Large representative, Sean Johnson, who is not running for reelection.
Bell said he is hoping to bring his experience as a pastor as well as his former experience in construction management and public relations to bring a fresh voice and new perspective to the Chandler Town Council. He said with his experience, he is used to listening to the community and getting things done to improve the quality of life.
"I think with my background I have the ability to help the town," he said. "I'm prepared to work hard and spend the time needed to be a responsible member of the city council. It's my desire to … take every opportunity to make Chandler a better town and a better place to call home."
Elder said she is hoping to bring her history working for the town's utilities while serving on several boards to the role of Chandler Town Council Member At-Large. She said there will be a learning curve in taking on the role, but she believes her experience will give her a leg up on making the best decisions for the town.
"My hopes are that we see the town grow and make new businesses want to come in," she said. "That will get people to want to live here. It's a good place to live."
The at-large seat is the only contested race in the election for Chandler residents. District One Council Member Cheryl Amos (Democrat) and District Three Council Member Tonya Wester (Republican) are rerunning for their seats, but they are running unopposed. Chandler Clerk-Treasurer Brian Pace is also rerunning for his position unopposed.