Three candidates are seeking the position of mayor of New Auburn. Incumbent Roger Becker is being challenged by Craig Lowden and Pam Horton.
The position will be filled in the general election November 2.
Below are the candidates’ responses to a questionnaire from The Gaylord Hub.
Biographical information: I have lived in the New Auburn area for all my life. My original home was on a farm three miles north of New Auburn. I have lived in New Auburn for 45 years with my wife of 47 years and my five children and 11 grandchildren. I belong to and am a charter member of the Lions Club of New Auburn, was on the Fire Department for 25 years and I’m still an active member of the First Responders of New Auburn. I am also a member of the Church of New Auburn and also a member of the High Island Conservation Club.
Why are you running for mayor? I’m running for mayor because I love working to improve this small city and make it a good place for people to move to and live. I love working with the people in town to help solve their problems and the problems that they incur. I care for our citizens and will work hard for them as I have in the years before.
What do you see as major issues facing your city and what are possible solutions? One of the main issues now is to keep our local government aid which keeps getting less every year. This is what we need to run 50% of our budget and without it we would have to raise taxes to keep things running smoothly. I’m work hard with our new governor and elected officials to keep that from happening to the best of my ability. I will be trying to get new businesses in town to help with the taxes and also try to get the gas station which closed this last spring up and running again if at all possible.
What qualifications do you have that will help you serve as mayor? I was on the City Council for eight years. I have been mayor for 24 years Knowing so many people in this town makes me want to work hard to improve things for them. These people are good folks.
Biographical information: I was born and raised in Glencoe and graduated from Glencoe High School with honors and distinctions. I successfully completed a two-year electronics program at Mankato Vocational Institute. I have been employed at Bosch Security Systems (formerly Telex) of Glencoe for the past 22 years. I have three children, Ben (24), Angie (20), and Teddi (15). I have lived in New Auburn from 1988-1994, then moved to the country between New Auburn and Glencoe, and returned to New Auburn in 2001.
Why are you running for mayor? I think New Auburn is ready for a change.
What do you see as major issues facing your city and what are possible solutions? in going door-to-door campaigning I have been made aware of the concerns of the residents of New Auburn, but I think in the “big picture” we have just lost our sense of community and having common goals for the City of New Auburn. I think communication between all residents is of utmost importance.
What qualifications do you have that will help you serve as mayor? I have owned and operated an antique store out of my home for 11 years, which has given me business experience and also experience in dealing with all kinds of people. While employed at Bosch I was on the Health and Wellness Committee that gave me experience in setting goals and carrying them out with a small group of people similar to a city council. I also was a delegate of the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and on the ISO committee, which gave me experience in interpreting and complying with a large amount of policies and procedures. Hopefully I can draw from all these experiences to the residents of New Auburn a fresh perspective with new ideas.
Biographical information: I moved to New Auburn with my family when I was seven years old. I have proudly called New Auburn my home for 39 years. I joined the 82nd Airbourne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in 1984. In 1988 I moved back to New Auburn to raise my family. Jennifer and I have three sons, Jim, Tony, and Tim. I am a volunteer coach for 5-6 grade football as well as flag football (K-4) in the Glencoe-Silver Lake School District.
Why are you running for mayor? My goal is to make New Auburn a better place to live. A few years ago I was concerned our city was not being run with the citizens’ best interests in ind. So for over three years I have not missed a city council meeting. I have seen adjustments need to be made, and I believe now is the time for change.
What do you see as major issues facing your city and what are possible solutions? My first item of concern is our outrageous water and sewer bills. I will be looking in all areas to pay off the water tower debt and lower these costs. Another area of concern is equality among ALL citizens, to which I believe I am the solution Our lake is another problem we face. We shouldn’t have to worry about our children coming into contact with harmful toxins from trying to enjoy the lake. I have already been working the Friends of High Island and the Lake Club to try to make our lake safer.
What qualifications do you have that will help you serve as mayor? I have not missed a city council meeting in over three years. I am up to date on city issues, concerns and happenings. I care about the city and its future. I own and run a business for 13 years. I am the vice-president of the Lake Club.