Mike Dalesandro was selected as the new mayor of Battle Ground at Tuesday night’s city council meeting.
Dalesandro and councilors Brian Munson, Adrian Cortes and Cherish DesRochers were sworn in at the meeting after winning their uncontested elections in November. In Battle Ground, the councilors pick a new mayor and deputy mayor. The councilors selected Shane Bowman to serve as deputy mayor. They will serve in this positions for the next two years.
This is Dalesandro’s second consecutive term on the council, as he was first elected to the seat in November 2013. Prior to his first term, he sat on the city’s planning commission, as did Munson, Cortes and DesRochers.
During his time as mayor, Dalesandro said he’s looking to help navigate growth in the city while seeking input from residents on what they want to see in Battle Ground.
“It’s no secret Battle Ground is growing,” he wrote in an email. “As we keep our focus toward the future, we will be launching our community-driven, long-term visioning in 2018. Bringing our citizens into the visioning process will help this council put the best policies in place. As the city grows, there are challenges beyond roads and traffic. New people with new ideas and different backgrounds are coming to Battle Ground. We need to make sure our community is a safe place for everyone. I’m excited about the work ahead.”
Dalesandro may be familiar to residents around Clark County after finishing second to Marc Boldt in the Clark County council chair race in November 2015. Boldt won with 39.08 percent of the vote to Dalesandro’s 36.31 percent.