By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek, October 23, 2020.
The Mill Creek City Council selected Adam Morgan to take Mike Todd’s council position at a special October 20th virtual meeting.
Morgan will serve as a city councilmember at least until November 2021 when the general election is certified and has already started a campaign to continue in this position.
The winner in the 2021 General Election will serve a two-year term on the city council and will have to run for a full four-year term in 2023.
Morgan ran for John Steckler’s city council position in 2019.
According to his application letter he and his family have lived in the city for six years. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Finance and Real Estate from California State University at Northridge.
He coaches in the Mill Creek Little League and is the president of his homeowners association.
Morgan owns and operates Porchlight Homes, a Mill Creek real estate LLC. During his city council interview he said his business focuses on community development and helping homeowners in need.
He used this experience and did his homework to get ready for his October 20th interview. He prepared detailed answers to councilmember’s questions that turned out to be the same as those asked in September.
His brief and to the point answers helped councilmembers understand how he would approach the job.
When asked what the biggest issue facing Mill Creek was, he answered the financial downturn caused by COVID should have been the biggest issue, but doesn’t seem to be as bad as first thought.
Instead, Morgan said the biggest issue is that the city is near peak buildout so they need to “find more creative ways to make Mill Creek stand out compared to our surrounding cities.”
When asked about how unpopular decisions should be handled he spoke about raising taxes, which he said "no one likes."
He answered, “No one wants to raise taxes, we don’t want to as city councilmembers, citizens don’t want taxes raised and there are always people who get angry when you do so. But as a councilmember and as a leader of the community, we must act in the best interest of the entire community. And that sometimes means tax increases are necessary to preserve our city and all of the benefits for our citizens.”
Seven Mill Creek residents applied for Mike Todd’s vacant seat. Three finalists were chosen by the city council and here are the final voting tabulations:
First Ballot Results
- Adam Morgan – Three votes (Brian Holtzclaw, Mark Bond, and Vince Cavaleri).
- Melissa Duque – Two votes (Stephanie Vignal and Benjamin Briles).
- Ryan Nichols – One vote (John Steckler).
Second Ballot Results
- Adam Morgan – Four votes (Brian Holtzclaw, Stephanie Vignal, Mark Bond, and Vince Cavaleri).
- Melissa Duque– Two votes (John Steckler and Benjamin Briles).
City councilmembers, the city attorney, and the city manager watch the interim city clerk administer the oath of office to Adam Morgan (top right). Screen shot by Richard Van Winkle.