SAUK RAPIDS - Come the first of the year, the city of Sauk Rapids will have a new Mayor.  Current city council member Brad Gunderson ran unopposed for the job in last week's election.

Gunderson has been on the council for six years.

He says he ran for Mayor because, "I could feel that I wanted it, I wanted to be the Mayor, I wanted to be one running the meetings."

He says, as mayor, he wants to continue to develop the area to the east of Highway 10.

Gunderson says, with increased development comes increased traffic.  And he says that means they'll have to develop the infrastructure in that area as well.

The Mayor-elect says he also plans to move ahead with a controversial change to the city's garbage system.  He says moving to a single hauler system for garbage collection is in the best interest of the city, and the taxpayers.

Back in September the council voted 4-1 to move forward with the plan, despite a lot of public outcry.

Gunderson will be sworn-in as Mayor at the first meeting in January.

His day job is a Metro Bus Dial-A-Ride Driver.