Three candidates are seeking two seats on the New Auburn City Council. Incumbents Jim Stark and Mike Hauan are being challenged by Craig Lowden.
Below is a summary of the candidates’ responses to a questionnaire, sent by The Gaylord Hub. Candidate Craig Lowden did not respond and attempts to contact him this past week were not successful.
Hauan, who was raised in the Midwest, has lived in Minnesota since 1973. He has lived in New Auburn for 12 years.
As a City Council member for the past six years, Hauan said he tries to make the best decisions for the overall city, and to represent the residents of the City as best as he can.
The biggest challenge facing New Auburn, he said, is to provide the city what it needs at as low a cost as possible.
Stark has been a New Auburn resident for 25 years. He is married for 21 years and raised two sons in New Auburn, Dustin and Jimmy.
He has served on the City Council 12 years. He would like to continue to work on projects that have already been started by the present council, such as street improvements, water and sewer issues, and to keep costs down for New Auburn residents.