September 11, 2013 (Pleasant Hill, IA) – The residents of Pleasant Hill are now aware; the mayor seat is up for grabs. Current Mayor, Mike Richardson announced at Tuesday night’s council meeting that he will not be seeking re-election for Mayor. Richardson publicly endorsed mayor candidate, Sara Kurovski.
“I am extremely pleased that Sara has come forward to run for the Mayor of Pleasant Hill,” Richardson stated, “I was impressed with Sara when she first applied for a position on the Pleasant Hill Board of Adjustment and equally impressed when she moved on to the Planning and Zoning Board for Pleasant Hill. She has a great educational background as well as tremendous history of past appointments and volunteerism. I believe Sara is someone who will continue the growth and progress that Pleasant Hill has recently experienced. Sara has my complete support in her campaign for Mayor of Pleasant Hill.”
Kurovski is an Iowa native, growing up in the metro area. She received her undergraduate degree from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO and received her Masters in public administration from Drake University. Kurovski and her husband, Todd, moved to Pleasant Hill in 2008. Outside of Pleasant Hill, Kurovski works for Metro Waste Authority and is a member of the Polk County Conservation Board.
Kurovski got involved right and has been on multiple committees and boards. “I don’t build houses or clean up rivers, but I understand the public sector,” Kurovski said. “This is my way of staying involved and giving back to my community. When I heard the current mayor was not going to run, I knew that I had to step up and maintain the positive energy in this community!”
Others in the community have already voiced support for Kurovski. Sherman Ploeger, a representative from the Citizens for Good Government group, added, “Sara is a successful business person with public service experience and the energy and intellect to get things done.”
It is currently unknown who else may run for mayor; or for council. Papers to run are all due by September 19th. There are two open spots on the council.
Kurovski works for Metro Waste Authority and is currently a member of the Polk County Conservation Board in addition to her city appointment. If Kurovski is elected, she would be the youngest, as well as the first female mayor in Pleasant Hill’s history.