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Clements named new City Council member

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By Rachel Christian

Three days after the most recent City Council meeting, Mark Clements was chosen as Mount Vernon’s newest councilmember during a Democrat caucus held March 4. Clements is replacing former district four representative, Brittaney Johnson, who stepped down from the Council in February. Clements ran against Scott Fisher in the caucus.

This is Clements first time serving in local government. He comes to the Council with more than 17 years of experience at Kenco Logistics, where he worked his way up from an entry level position to supervisor. He has also worked at WSI and Posey Warehousing.

Clements said he was motivated to run for City Council by a few close friends shortly before the seat became available. The new councilmember said he looks forward to representing district four, which includes Clements own neighborhood in Lawrence addition.

“I’m very proud of the neighborhood and district that I’m in,” he said. “I want to be that voice and the ear for people in the district.”

One issue Clements said he wants to help residents address is the heavy semi-truck traffic that plagues the area. The trucks have caused safety concerns for residents and has resulted in minor property damage.

“I had a discussion with the mayor about the truck traffic, and how often they drive through the neighborhood,” he said. “That’s definitely something I want to work to resolve.”