Three new councilors selected in Mount Shasta

Skye Kinkade

Mount Shasta voters selected Geoff Harkness, Michael Burns, Sr. and Jeffrey Collings as the three new Mount Shasta City Council members.

According to the most recent election results available, the top three vote getters beat out John Redmond and Brad Eslinger for three city council seats which will be vacated by Russ Porterfield, Ned Boss and Michael Murray. None of the incumbents filed for reelection.

Harkness, who leads the pack with approximately 26.5 percent of the vote, said he feels “great,” and is honored to have the opportunity to work on behalf of the city.

He went door to door during his campaign, which he called a “wonderful opportunity to meet folks and hear their concerns.”

“I have some big shoes to fill, and I’m not taking the responsibility lightly,” Harkness said.

Burns, who came in second with about 20 percent of the vote, thanked those who supported him in last week’s election.

“I want to thank the voters of Mount Shasta City for coming out and putting forth their election votes, and finding in me the elements they are looking for to serve on the city council,” said Burns Monday afternoon. He said he’ll provide leadership and common sense and looks forward to “fulfilling his obligations to the best of his ability.”

Collings had a similar response. He took the third seat on the council with a few more than 600 votes.

“I appreciate the support and confidence of the Mount Shasta citizens and will do my best to represent them,” said Collings. “I'm looking forward to working with the seasoned councilmen as well as the council members elect. I think we'll make a effective team."

Redmond garnered approximately 19 percent of the 3,049 votes cast, and Eslinger received about 14 percent of the vote, according to information provided by Siskiyou County Clerk Colleen Setzer.

Harkness, Burns and Collings will most likely be sworn in during the Monday, Nov. 26 meeting of the council, which is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Building, 629 Alder Street.