Wesley Mainord, a local businessman, is announcing his candidacy for mayor of Shawnee.

Wesley Mainord, a local businessman, is announcing his candidacy for mayor of Shawnee.

“After visiting with a number of concerned residents and carefully considering the future of our community, I have made the decision to announce my candidacy for the position of Shawnee’s mayor,” he said.

Mainord has a background in business and sales which he believes gives him a needed insight to be an effective mayor. He was selected as one of the nation’s outstanding businessman in America in 1977, he said. He also served for four years as the chairman at the Meadows, a manufacturing facility in Edmond that employs the handicapped. He was a six-year member of the manufacturing advisory board of the Oklahoma City Food Bank.

“Having had more than 40 years of business experience, both in my own company and major fortune 500 companies, I believe that I bring certain leadership skills to the table,” Mainord said.

He worked in sales for the John Sexton Company and LeGout Foods, where he was promoted to sales manager and executive vice president of chain account sales. He has also owned different companies including the Power Transmission Co. in Seminole, and he was the co-owner of Fiddler Marketing.

He also served as the senior vice-president of sales and marketing of Chefs Requested Foods before retiring last October. After retiring, he started WM Enterprises, a small business consulting firm in Shawnee, where he serves as president.

“In a community where differing viewpoints come together, the role of a consensus builder is a positive asset. I have that ability and desire to listen to all sides of an issue, and to help bring about a decision that everyone can live with,” Mainord said.

Mainord has lived in Shawnee for almost 40 years. He was the chairman of the Shawnee Airport Board for eight years and oversaw the runway extension across MacArthur Street.

“I have been a resident of Shawnee since 1974 and feel that I would like to be part of a new effort to create an environment that considers the betterment of our entire community, both residential and industrial,” he said.

He has been married to Amy Beth Bawcum Mainord for 49 years and has two daughters who graduated from Shawnee High School. He is an elder and 30-year member of the First United Presbyterian Church. Mainord and his wife have four grandchildren.