DUNDEE — The only contested Town Commission seat will be between a political newcomer and an incumbent, who will have spent less than three months in her seat when Election Day arrives.

Tim McLean, 30, is looking to unseat Rukhsana Harper, 40, for Seat 4. Harper was appointed in January following the December resignation of Jeanne Irwin and looks to retain her seat on April 4.

“I try to do what I think is right,” Harper said. “I have this ingrained ability for wanting to serve the community. I think I have a track record that says that.”

Harper is the president of Friends of the Library in Dundee and a board member and event organizer with the Dundee Area Chamber of Commerce. In 1996, Harper earned an associate degree in English literature from the University of London. She's been named Volunteer of the Year in Dundee by both the town and chamber. She and her husband Joe have two children.

“I’ll come in and I’ll do a fair job,” McLean said about if he were elected. “The decisions that I make will be with the citizens in mind.”

McLean works as an area manager at the relatively new Wal-Mart E-Commerce Center in unincorporated Davenport. McLean holds two associate degrees from Polk State College in 2015 with concentrations on liberal arts and business administration. He and his wife Tori have three children.

As a Town Commissioner, McLean said he would focus on upgrading any parks and family-oriented recreational activities.

“I’m trying to focus on the family amenities in the area,” McLean said. “Parks is a big one.”

Harper said her focus would be on economic development, which includes new housing and business. She recently listened to a presentation at the chamber on bamboo. With many groves in the area suffering from citrus greening, she said it could be an alternate industry for farmers and landowners to take part in.

“Economic development can be many different things,” she said. “There are a few ideas I have. I was thinking if we can get people to invest (in bamboo), this could be an industry for the future. Nothing happens overnight.”

A native of Bangladesh, Harper has lived in the U.S. since 1999 and in Dundee for the past seven years. McLean is a Lake Wales native and a 2005 graduate of Lake Wales High School. He’s lived in Dundee for eight years.

Town Commissioners serve four-year terms and are compensated $275 per month.

— Mike Ferguson can be reached at Mike.Ferguson@theledger.com or 863-401-6981. Follow Mike on Twitter@MikeWFerguson.