Interim Anderson County Mayor Myron Iwanski has announced that he will seek re-election to Anderson County Commission in District 8, which now includes the Woodland, Emory Valley, and Hendrix Creek precincts.
Iwanski is a former Anderson County commissioner who served as chairman of the commission for three terms. He has also served 14 years on the Anderson County Budget Committee.
He was on the commission when he was appointed to the interim mayor’s position in January 2011, during the early part of his current term on county commission. This appointment was made for 19 months until a mayor could be elected for the last two years of former Mayor Rex Lynch’s term.
Iwanski announced last year that he would not seek election as Anderson County mayor in the 2012 election.
“I have decided seek re-election to the position I was elected to two years ago,” Iwanski said in a campaign press release this week. “This will complete the remaining two years of my term.”
During his time as interim mayor, Iwanski said he has helped put initiatives in place to expand the retail and industrial tax bases, promote tourism, and create jobs.
“I set some very ambitious goals to address some long-standing problems,” he said. “While we are well on our way to solving many of these problems, some will take more time and follow through. I think I can help see the solutions through to completion as a County Commissioner.”
Iwanski said the county also addressed some long-standing financial issues and has increased its fund balance and cut spending. “This has put us on a sound financial footing that will allow us to avoid the need for tax increases for the next several years,” Iwanski added.
Iwanski is a retired TVA engineer who worked for 33 years in corporate environmental management. He has served on the board of several community organizations, as vice chair of the Oak Ridge Environmental Quality Advisory Board, and he currently serves on the United Way of Anderson County board. He is also a member of the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce.