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Oakley City Council seat open

Caroline Kingsley, The Park Record

After accepting a mission calling, Oakley City Councilmember Les England’s council seat is up for grabs.

Applications are due by Dec. 10 at the Oakley City Hall, located at 960 West Center Street.

The only requirements for applying for the city councilmember position are to be an Oakley City resident and a registered voter.

After the deadline closes, Oakley City Council members will review the applications and conduct interviews, and will likely make a decision in early January, England said.

England has been serving in the City Council for a year, with three years of his term left.

The person chosen to fill England’s seat will serve until the November 2013 municipal election, when residents can vote for a council member to serve the remaining two years of the term.

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England is leaving Dec. 29 to serve an 18-month LDS humanitarian mission in Mongolia.

"It should be an adventure," England said. "There is no proselytizing at all, so we’ll just be doing service projects. Part of our assignment is to teach English to the Mongolians, because English is becoming the international business language. So it can help these folks to get a better job."

Because he will be teaching English, England said he will have a Mongolian translator, and will likely only be learning basic Mongolian.

"I’ve heard that it’s the second most difficult language to learn. And their alphabet is half-Russian Cyrillic letters and half Chinese characters," he said.

England then quipped, "I don’t even think I can learn the alphabet in 18 months, let alone speak the language."

Despite the language barriers, England said he is more than ready to get started.

"I compare it to my old athletic days," he said. "The worst part of athletics is when you’ve worked your butt off to prepare for the game, and then you sit there before the game waiting for it to start. And that’s where I’m at, waiting for it to start."