Election 2012: Pleasureville City Commission: Shawn Mertz

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Mertz wants another term

By Lisa King

Incumbent Shawn Mertz is seeking a second term on the Pleasureville City Commission.

He faces four opponents – including his three fellow incumbents – for the four seats in a non-partisan race.

A Henry County resident, Mertz, 26, is a member of the Franklin County Fire Department.

He lives on Hill Spring Road with his wife, Kristen, and their infant daughter, Caylee.

He is an Army veteran who was elected for his first term on the commission 2 years ago.

Mertz said some of the things the commission accomplished during his term include getting a $28,000 playground established and arranging for some street cleaning.

He said some goals he has for the next term include providing better law enforcement service for residents.

“Pleasureville only has about eight hundred people, and we can’t afford to hire a police officer, so we are working on getting the [Henry County] sheriff’s department to patrol our area,” he said.

Mertz said the commission also is working on a sidewalk project for Pleasureville.

Mertz was elected to the city commission soon after moving to Pleasureville in 2009, right after his stint as a paratrooper in the military.

“I just want to make a difference,” he said.