David Falquette

Mansfield City Council 1st Ward representative David Falquette will become an at-large member of council on Friday. (Richland Source file photo)

MANSFIELD -- David Falquette will be sworn in Friday as the new Mansfield City Council at-large member.

Falquette was selected by members of the Republican Party Central Committee in Mansfield to finish the remaining two years of the term vacated by Cliff Mears, elected president of council in November.

The swearing-in ceremony will be at 12:15 p.m. in Mayor Tim Theaker's ninth-floor conference room at the Municipal Building.

Falquette was elected to the 1st Ward council seat in 2017 and still has two years remaining on that term. Local Republicans will now need to fill his seat in the 1st Ward. That decision could come as soon as today.

He ran for an-large seat in November, losing to Democrat Phil Scott, who was term-limited out after three terms as council president. Falquette fared well in the campaign, earning 49 percent of the vote.

The 59-year-old Falquette, a resident of 567 Birchlawn Ave., has worked in the private sector his entire life. He sought public office for the first time in 2017 when he defeated John Harsh in the general election, earning 67 percent of the votes cast in the 1st Ward.

Falquette, who earned an associate's degree in mechanical engineering and a bachelor's degree in business administration, works as a program manager for TE Connectivity.

During the campaign last fall, he said his interest in local government began 12 years ago when he started a neighborhood watch group due to burglaries in his area.

"We worked with community policing officers to fix it. As time went on, more issues came up that involved other city departments. I was able to form relationships with the various department heads and address more issues. Many watch members had difficulty navigating city hall and I was able to get answers or guide them," Falquette said.

"As councilman, I have been helping people solve issues throughout the 1st Ward, but I am finding issues throughout the city and feel the At-Large position positions me to serve around the city," he said.

Falquette said he thinks the city is poised for a business expansion.

"Mansfield is attracting business small and large because we have so much to offer, affordable living, retail and industrial areas. I want to help in a citywide capacity," he said.

"I have been in the private sector all my life and had to solve problems and contribute to the profitability of my employers," Falquette told Richland Source during the campaign.

"My interest in government is its necessity and I look to limit it to the smallest possible size," Falquette said.

Mansfield City Council next meets on Jan. 21.

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