139th Vice Wing Commander Voted Mayor of Wathena

Vice Wing Commander John Cluck is the new mayor of Wathena, KS

Posted: Nov. 10, 2017 1:21 PM
Updated: Nov. 13, 2017 9:25 AM

(WATHENA, Kan.) Members of the National Guard are often called "civilian soldiers" because they have other jobs on top of their service.

For 139th Vice Wing Commander John Cluck, "Mayor of Wathena" was just added to his résumé.

Cluck said he always had an interest in running for mayor but decided against it because he already has a lot on his plate. Aside from the 139th, Cluck is also a pilot for Southwest Airlines. On top of that, he manages small businesses and rental properties, and is a father to three young children.

But Cluck said many members of the Wathena community were dissapointed when he was not named a potential candidate for mayor. So he last-minute decided to campaign as a "write-in," for mayor.

"I thought about it a lot and talked to my wife about it. I realized that if I felt I had the ability to do it. And so in my opinion, that means I have the responsibility. So we talked about it and we have changed some things around in our schedule to make it fit," Cluck said.

Cluck received an overwhelming amount of votes as a write-in and won 222-85 against Joseph Barger, who served on the council for the past four years.

"I know he will continue to be a valuable member of our city and will continue to contribute to it's success," Cluck wrote on his Facebook page.

Cluck said he wants to develop a clear, strategic vision for the city of Wathena to help it grow to its full potential.

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