Nearly three years ago, Jacob Martin wanted to be a part of the Waverly community as a Wartburg student. Now he’s ready to take a political role in the town he fell in love with.
“I think it has a fantastic combination of small town feel but also big town possibilities,” Martin said. “The college plays such a big role in showing the town.”
The third-year student announced his candidacy for Waverly mayor in early August, a political first for Waverly.
After consulting with close friends on the Student Senate executive team, Martin chose to join the race.
“I wanted to make sure that everything logistically would line up,” he said. “I wanted to make sure I knew it was something I would feel comfortable doing and say I could be a good candidate to take this position.”
Martin will run against former Waverly City Council member Duane Liddle, who has run for mayor in the past.
Current Waverly Mayor, Bob Brunkhorst announced he will not seek re-election.
The elections for the mayor position will be held Nov. 5.
Martin balances a busy life on campus participating in several activities.
Studying as a double major in political science and business administration, Martin will participate in student senate, lead as president of the Castle Singers Jazz Choir and work in the Mensa as a student manager this fall.
Martin believes he can balance both his college life and his political life, if elected, despite his demanding schedule.
He said, “I’m confident about the campaign and hopefully if elected I will be able to devote my time to everything that needs to be devoted.”
The campaign is early in the works but Martin’s team plans to launch a website and correspond with the Waverly community to understand what issues need the most focus.
Despite the many positive reactions received, Martin recognizes concerns addressed by the Waverly public, particularly his experience and his age.
Aside from managing student body elections in high school, the 20-year-old doesn’t have any local government experience. He hopes his strong political interest and ability to communicate with locals will shine throughout his political run.
“From my perspective, I don’t think it should matter but it comes down to what the voters think,” Martin said. “I’m very dedicated to everything that I attempt. No matter what happens during the campaign, I’m going to give it my all.”