New Auburn residents have the choice for four candidates for two, four-year terms on the City Council. The City Council members will be decided at the November 2 general election.
The four candidates for the four-year terms of office are incumbent Elizabeth Frahm, Rebecca Brockoff, Linda Stark, and Sheri Lowden.
One candidate, incumbent Doug Munsch, filed for the two-year term of office.
Below are the candidates’ responses to a questionnaire from The Gaylord Hub.
Biographical information: Resident of New Auburn for 13 years. Mother of five children, ages 19, 18, 16, 12, and 8.
Why are you running for City Council? I want to bring “positive” back to our City! I want to bring a new perspective and new beneficial ideas to the City. I want to help the residents’ voices be heard on issues and lend any addition support to everyone.
What do you see as major issues facing your City and what are possible solutions? One major issue that I have seen is consistent rising of taxes and water/sewer bills within the City. Possible solution is to revisit the current budget and see where we can adjust any unneeded expenses.
What qualifications do you have that will help you serve as a City Council member? Have many years of customer service experience which is a mor part of being council member. I am a very good listener and willing to listen to all suggestions and complaints that the residents may have without any prejudgments.
Biographical information: I have a Bachelor of Science in business management. In addition, I have over 14 years of business experience ranging from vendor compliance management to business operations management. I have been a resident of New Auburn for over 25 years.
Why are you running for City Council? As a current city councilor, I feel it is important to make concrete decisions for not only the present, but also for the future. I have enjoyed representing my community and would like to continue to serve as a city councilor and be a voice for the citizens of New Auburn.
What do you see as major issues facing your City and what are possible solutions? In addition to maintaining the positive changes that the city has made over the past few years, other priorities that I would like to focus on include identifying efficiencies that will result in cost savings and also find growth opportunities as a new source of revenue. Defining a long-term roadmap will be critical to the success of reaching these goals. Like most other cities, New Auburn is faced with budget limitations as a result of increased fees and potential cuts from sources such as LGA. an issue of great concern that the city is tasked with includes trying to maintain its operating status without increasing rates to the citizens. Over the past four years, the citizens have seen increased rates through various channels such as water and sewer rates, assessments and tax levies. The City Council will need to be comprised of a strong group of leaders who will be willing to make confident financial decisions. It is my goal to work diligently on finding alternative sources of revenue and avoid increasing future fees.
What qualifications do you have that will help you serve as a City Council member? I bring to the council an open mind, a sense of fairness and logical thinking.
Biographical information: Moved to New Auburn in 1970. Worked at 3M Hutchinson for 39 years. Husband passed away i 1997. We had two boys and two girls. They live in New Auburn, Hutchinson, Glencoe and Waconia.
Why are you running for City Council? I am running for City Council because I am retired now and have time to put into the office. Also I am a concerned citizen and I would like to see changes for he better for all who live in New Auburn.
What do you see as major issues facing your City and what are possible solutions? Quality and quantity of water and its cost. Attracting business. Rising taxes. A possible solution is to get all citizens of New Auburn to work together to address these and other issues and not just sit back and complain. It will take all of us to make things change.
What qualifications do you have that will help you serve as a City Council member? I have attended council meetings for the last year so I am aware of problems facing the city. I belong to the Lions, High Island Conservation (Lake Club) and Friends of High Island. This helps keep me up to date on what’s happening in the city and what needs to change.
Biographical information: Married to Jim Stark. Children Dustin Schimmelpfennig and Jimmy Stark. Lived in New Auburn all my life.
Why are you running for City Council? To try and make a difference, and try to improve the qualify of life around us.
What do you see as major issues facing your City and what are possible solutions? For one taxes – try to keep our taxes low enough, so people can afford to pay them. Try to be fair between the people and the City. Our reduction in our local government aid.
What qualifications do you have that will help you serve as a City Council member? I have good people skills, also good leadership skills. I try to do all I can for someone, give a helping hand when needed.