Although qualifying for Canton city elections does not open until the last week in August, candidates are already beginning to make plans to seek a seat on the council in the Nov. 5 election.
John Rust declared his candidacy for the Canton City Council Ward 3 seat Friday. The seat now filled by incumbent Councilman John Beresford, who has not announced whether he plans to seek re-election in November.
Rust is the second candidate to announce plans. Sandy McGrew announced her intentions last week to seek the Ward 1 seat now held by Bob Rush, who is not seeking re-election.
Rust, 68, is active on committees within the city and serves as chairman for the Vision for Canton 2050 Committee.
“My decision to run for City Council is based upon four years of active involvement in Canton city government,” Rust said in making the announcement. “Canton has a very bright future and I know I can help the city of Canton realize its maximum potential by serving as a city council member.”
The Vision for Canton 2050 Commission is made up of 21 residents with the goal to provide a plan that will prepare Canton for the future.
“Our plan will be presented to the City Council for their vote and support. Canton and its future is truly in the hands of your elected officials and nothing makes that more clear than having closely observed the conduct and performance of the City Council.” Rust said in his announcement.
Rust is from Eau Claire, Wis., and moved to Canton’s River Green subdivision from, Libertyville, Ill., in 2004.
He has bachelor’s degrees in business administration and psychology, a master’s degree and a law degree, he said. He also is a U.S. Air Force veteran.
He is retired after a career as a stockbroker and senior sales executive with the plastics division of a multi-billion dollar company, and he later founded a national executive search firm in 1985.
He has been married for 39 years, and has two sons and two grandchildren.