No race for council, but two vie for Wayland mayor seat
While three people are running unopposed for three expiring terms on the Wayland City Council, incumbent Mayor Tim Bala is being challenged in his bid for re-election by Brian Sweebe.
Each was given a limited space to describe their background and their goals for office. The non-partisan seat carries a two-year term, as do the other council terms.
Incumbents Joe Kramer and Timothy Rose are joined on the ballot by planning commission member Abe Garcia for the three council seats. John Sloan did not file for re-election.
Bala is a lifelong resident of Wayland. After graduating from Wayland High School, he remained living in Wayland where he is currently a builder. He is also actively involved with the Wayland VFW Post #7581 and enjoys serving as Wayland’s current Mayor.
“I would be honored to be reelected. I have 10 years of experience as Mayor which includes a seat on City Council and DDA. I have also served on other committees and task groups within the city.
“As a citizen of the city I represent, I am familiar with current challenges and how to handle them in the best interests of the residents. We have a beautiful city with great potential, and now is the time to act on it to ensure future economic prosperity.
“I want to make a difference in the city I grew up in and love.”
Sweebe has been a resident of Wayland for over four years now and a downtown business owner. He is currently the Chairman of the Wayland Economic Restructuring Committee and a committee member of the Downtown Wayland Promotions Committee. He serves as a board member on the Downtown Development Authority in the City of Wayland and also sits on the Board of Directors as President for Ministries of Hope, a nonprofit organization.
“As Mayor, I will encourage transparency in local government, encourage a family-friendly environment, and encourage economic growth for our current business owners as well as attracting new businesses to the City of Wayland.”