Somerset Business Owner Trying to Unseat Incumbent Mayor

Nov 5, 2018

Alan Keck, left, and Eddie Girdler
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The mayor’s race in Somerset is one to watch as election results roll in on Nov. 6. A local businessman is trying to unseat the incumbent mayor in the nonpartisan race.

In the effort to continue leading Pulaski County’s largest city, Somerset Mayor Eddie Girdler said he wants to continue to focus on economic development that will bring more good paying jobs for working families.

The Commonwealth Journal reports Girdler said his accomplishments include $75 million worth of retail and wholesale building permits, $1 million invested in community groups, and $2 million for first responders.

Challenging Girdler is Alan Keck, owner of Somerset Recycling, a private company that purchases and processes paper and plastic and has customers in five countries.  Keck points to managing a successful business with more than 100 full-time employees and a facility of more than 100,000-square-feet as experience that gives him the skills to lead the city.

Keck also wants to invest more in first responders and revitalizing downtown Somerset.