CLINTON — Another applicant has stepped forward and announced his candidacy for mayor.

Joshua Meyer, 31, announced Wednesday he will run for the office of mayor on the Clinton Herald Web site forum and a myspace page, www.myspace.com/meyerformayor.

“It is with great excitement and anticipation that I officially announce my candidacy for mayor of Clinton. I believe that the city of Clinton is a great place to live, work and play. In the coming months I look forward to getting to know the citizens of Clinton during the “A Real Man For A Real Town” campaign tour,” Meyer wrote.

Meyer is a long-time resident of Clinton and a 1994 graduate of Clinton High School. He obtained an associate’s degree from Clinton Community College in 1997 and graduated from Judson College in Elgin, Ill., with a bachelor’s degree in business in 2005. Meyer is a pastor of discipleship at the First Baptist Church in Clinton. He has mentored students as a youth advocate through the Families and Schools Together program, been a little league baseball coach and is a graduate of the Clinton Citizen Police Academy. He and his wife, Jocelyn, have a 1 -year-old son, Zeke.

When not engaged with his two favorite things, his family and church, Meyer enjoys playing church league softball or racquetball and lifting weights.

Meyer said he has been thinking about running for mayor for several years. He noted that as much as a decade ago, he had conversations with friends about what he would do as mayor. When he met Jocelyn, Meyer said he began dropping hints it might be something he would do someday. Approximately one month ago, with the support of his wife and the church, he decided to go for it.

“I just really felt compelled that this is something I really wanted to do and felt led to do,” said Meyer.

He said he will focus his campaign on “quality of life” issues, running the gambit from new public service buildings such as the new police station and fire station to snow removal, sewer fees and garbage stickers.

“I am typical, living paycheck-to-paycheck 31-year-old. I’m in the boat with a lot of other people here in the city of Clinton that are just making ends meet,” he said. “And I think that those people need a voice in the mayor’s seat. I’m not going to say that I know everything, that’s for sure, but I feel passionate about taking this opportunity to try to do this and to serve the community.”

Meyer knows that Clinton residents are concerned about the larger issues as well, like Tax Increment Financing districts and the coming building code. He noted that residents may feel hesitant about issuing TIF’s and remarked that the city needs to be very careful when using TIF districts, but added TIF’s can lead to growth. He said some of that nervousness regarding TIF’s could relieve itself when the city starts to see the benefits of recent TIF’s in 2010.

He said the building code is a very important issue, something he realized when called to the scene of the Deer Ridge Apartment Complex fire last year. Meyer said seeing the building be ravaged by fire so quickly showed him that it is essential the city has a building code.

Meyer is hopeful for the city’s future and wants to play a part in making life better for residents in the future, including his own family.

“I’ve been here my whole life. I look forward to spending the rest of my life here. I would like to see Clinton be a place that if my son has the opportunity in 21 years when he is done with college, if Clinton is a place he’d like to stay, I would love for there to be that opportunity,” he said. “So many of my friends and family have left Clinton because there’s no opportunity here, and we have to change that.”

Meyer said economic development has been picking up in recent years and he remarked he is impressed and encouraged by the progress and changes within the city in the last five to 10 years. He said he thinks there are many good things going on in Clinton currently and remarked he was very excited to hear about the potential of 40 new businesses in the west end.

“Our community has a great niche here in eastern Iowa and we can continue to develop it and make it a destination for people to come,” said Meyer.

Meyer said he will be a candidate that encourages people to learn about important issues in the city and impel more residents to participate in the governing process and vote. He said he hopes he can bring passion and new energy to the office.

“At the church, I am challenged to be a servant and I want to serve my community,” stated Meyer. “I want my serving the community to be an extension of the way I serve people here.”

Meyer has picked up the paperwork to begin his campaign and is getting the needed signatures on his petition for candidacy. Anyone interested in signing Meyer’s petition may contact him by phone at 243-5912, by e-mail at meyerformayor@hotmail.com or visit his Web page at www.myspace.com/meyerformayor.