Tony Schultz – Candidate for Houston Mayor
Tell us about yourself: I was born and raised in Houston. I take great pride in this town, its schools and the surrounding community. I’m a firm believer in being honest and using common sense when making decisions. I moved my family here because I know what a great place Houston is!
Tell us about your work/life experience: I worked in telecommunications for several years in the Twin Cities and the Houston area. I currently work for a local radio station, where I am an on air personality and operations assistant. I am on the Houston Ambulance, coach our local youth, and am on several community boards.
Tell us why you are running for office: I love Houston and everything it has and doesn’t have. I joined the council eight years ago to see Houston continue to be a viable community for established citizens, as well as a place for new families to establish their homes. The council has done much to keep taxes under control, and find new ways to make Houston a stronger community. I want to help continue that progress to make sure all citizens and businesses have the opportunity in our town to be successful. Our city can continue to be both a great place to live, and visit.
Autumn Johnson – Candidate for Lanesboro Mayor
Tell us about yourself: I was born and raised near Whalan and graduated from Lanesboro High School. After going to college and working in Colorado, I moved home. I wanted to be closer to my family and be a part of a community. I also missed the natural beauty and outdoor activities in Lanesboro.
Tell us about your work/life experience: I received an associate’s degree from RCTC, a bachelor’s degree from WSU, and a juris doctor from UND. I am currently an independent contractor and EMT for TriState Ambulance. I have been a volunteer EMT for the Lanesboro Ambulance since 2013. I have served on the park board since 2012.
Tell us why you are running for office: I care about Lanesboro and want what is best for our residents and our future. I want to preserve our small town character and keep Lanesboro a friendly place for young, working families. Knowing we have a small tax base, I collaborated with city administrators, employees, and volunteers to secure grants and free labor. I will support quality services like our parks, streets, library, museum, utilities, police, fire, and ambulance. I will also work to keep taxes and fees affordable. I will listen to the viewpoints of all our citizens before making decisions and will promote transparency in city government.
Robin Krom – Candidate for Lanesboro Mayor
Tell us about yourself: My wife, Bethany and I moved to Lanesboro in 2008, where we have renovated two properties. We have two children; Heather is a nurse at Mayo Clinic in Rochester and Justin is a test pilot for Cirrus in Duluth. We also have fourwonderful grandchildren: Colin, Liam, Keely and Maggie.
Tell us about your work/life experience: Bethany and I are past business owners/residents in Harmony and Rushford. I am an active volunteer. We support Eagle Bluff, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Commonweal Theatre and Lanesboro Arts, where I served on the board of directors. I have also been an actor, director and treasurer with Lanesboro Community Theater.
Tell us why you are running for office: I am honored to be serving as Lanesboro’s mayor. I am running to continue the great work that has been started to: develop senior housing opportunities, address infrastructure needs, increase our tax base, attract jobs that will allow families to work/live here, increase school enrollment, bring fiber optics to every home, lobby for the dam preservation and more.
Lanesboro is known for its community engagement, teamwork and emerging opportunities. I bring strong, proven leadership to continue this progress. I very much appreciate the community support that is making Lanesboro even more vibrant and ensuring a bright future.
Brian Street – Candidate for Mabel Mayor
Tell us about yourself: As a lifelong resident of the Mabel area, I have a vested interest in my community. I’m a member of the Toot & Whistle Boys and my wife and I take part in 1800s historical reenactments. I’m also a Merit Badge Councilor for the Boy Scouts in Blacksmithing and Metalwork.
Tell us about your work/life experience: I have over 30 years of retail experience with Wal-Mart, which has included helping oversee eight stores monthly and yearly budgets and daily operations. I’ve also had nine years on the city council and two years as mayor of Mabel, which gives me the experience and ability to do this job.
Tell us why you are running for office: Numerous people from town have asked me to run for mayor again, stating that it would be good for the town. With my past experience on the city council and being mayor, I can keep us going in the right direction for Mabel. We need to continue to be proactive in keeping current businesses in town and also attracting new ones. We also need to continue improving our infrastructure, as there are still matters that need to be worked on, and I can help guide us in these matters. I would very much like to help Mabel grow.
Laura St. Mary – Candidate for Mabel Mayor
Tell us about yourself: I am Laura St. Mary and I’m running for mayor in Mabel. Originally from Caledonia, I moved here from Grinnell, Iowa, – I am a member of the Hesper-Mabel Area Historical Society, Mabel Business Association and just recently, joined the American Legion Auxiliary. I have been an active volunteer in many community activities.
Tell us about your work/life experience: After college, I moved to Durham, N.C., and worked for Belk Leggett Stores. Returned to Iowa and worked for GTE (now Verizon), attended barber school and opened Mabel Barber Shop in 1994. I also have been a tax preparer for the last 22 yrs, currently at Liberty Tax Service in Decorah.
Tell us why you are running for office: I currently sit on the Mabel City Council and want to continue being involved in public policy and decision making. In addition to living here, I have a business in Mabel and, like other business, owners want to be able to continue to operate successfully. We need to be fiscally responsible and make choices that foster growth and encourage residency. We have a great town and I have witnessed many times over the people of Mabel (and area) step forward to help each other – that is something to respect and promote.
Jim Westby – Candidate for Mabel Mayor
Tell us about yourself: Married for 39 years to Brenda. Life member VFW 5769, past commander, citation, All-State commander. Past commander American Legion Post 299. Mabel City Council member 1984-1992. Mabel city mayor 14 years. Past fire chief. Past president and secretary Mabel Lions. Thirty-year instructor youth firearm safety. Vietnam veteran, Marine Corps 1967-1969.
Tell us about your work/life experience: United States Marine Corps Police Academy graduate. Bureau of Criminal Apprehension graduate. Worked for Houston County as deputy sheriff for five years, worked for other police department part-time, have worked for 40 years in automatic sprinkler industry. The last 10 years I have been a business agent for Local Union 669.
Tell us why you are running for office: To keep trying to reach solutions that meet the needs of all our citizens. I still will work with the League of Minnesota Cities and local legislators to get our fair share of state aid. Work on tax increment financing to help new business get started. To keep infrastructure water system and street and other vital facilities in good working condition. We also need to work on city ordinance to improve our community. I have the knowledge, experience, and integrity to make good decisions for the city of Mabel.
John Smith – Candidate for Whalan Mayor
Tell us about yourself: My name is John Smith and I live in Whalan with my wife, Brittany and son, Cooper. Last spring I resigned from being the Dean of Students at Lanesboro High School for the past 17 years. I am now working at Cedar Valley Resort in Whalan.
Tell us about your work/life experience: My past work experience includes working in administration and coaching at Lanesboro Public Schools for 17 years. I also was an assistant greens keeper at the Lanesboro Golf Course for 25 years. I now work at Cedar Valley Resort.
Tell us why you are running for office: I am running for the office of Whalan mayor to continue to be active in administration through city government. I would like to continue to help Whalan residents look forward to new and advancing times as well as maintain and keep a relaxed style of living that Whalan residents are accustomed to.
Marlys Tuftin – Candidate for Whalan Mayor
Tell us about yourself: I grew up in Whalan, graduated from Lanesboro High School, Winona State University and the University of Washington, earning Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Nursing. I served in the U.S. Navy for 23 years and also practiced nursing in the civilian community.
Tell us about your work/life experience: Throughout my life and career, I have gained valuable experience in a wide variety of challenging settings. I understand the importance of planning, fiscal responsibility, accountability, prioritizing use of often limited resources, and team development. I’m an active member of Whalan Lutheran Church, American Legion Post 637 and Auxiliary.
Tell us why you are running for office: Community involvement and public service is important. I believe short and long-term planning is essential for our city in addition to maximizing and prioritizing use of our resources. Our neighbors and citizens remain our most precious resource, the heart and soul of our community. Their voices need to be heard. I will listen and welcome the open exchange of ideas to help make our community the best it can be. I would be honored to serve as mayor, City of Whalan.
Alan Williams – Candidate for Wykoff Mayor
Tell us about yourself: My name is Alan Williams and I am 67-years-old. I have two sons and four granddaughters; two live in Eyota and two in Kansas. I enjoy fishing, golf, and hunting with my two granddaughters. I have coached softball and basketball the past 35 years.
Tell us about your work/life experience: I am a two-year Army veteran and retired after working for the city of Wykoff for over 30 years. I was on the Wykoff School Board when we consolidated with Spring Valley and was also on the Kingsland School Board before running for mayor of Wykoff.
Tell us why you are running for office: I feel that I am qualified for this position as mayor with my past history of attending the council meetings as an employee and as the current mayor. I am very proud of the accomplishments the council and I have made, but have several that need to be finished. I would like to remind the citizens of Wykoff that my door is always open and I have tried my best to listen to your concerns and bring them to the council. If re-elected, I would look forward to working with two new council members.
Michael Holzer – Candidate for Wykoff Mayor
Tell us about yourself: I am married and have three adult sons. We have eight grandchildren ranging in age from 19-years-old to seven months. I like to fish and spend time with the grandkids. I have served on the Wykoff City Council 12 years and mayor six years.
Tell us about your work/life experience: I taught school in Wykoff and Kingsland for 35 years, retiring in 2004. I ran my own business for ten. I am now retired. I like working in my garage doing woodworking. My greatest joy is spending time with my grandchildren.
Tell us why you are running for office: I am running because I think Wykoff need a change. Employee treatment has been terrible and needs improving. I not only see it, but hear it from people in surrounding communities. They ask, “What is going on in Wykoff?”
I am concerned with our budget. The 2015 audit states that we are $122,542 over budget. Expenditures are up $47,911. The general fund reserve is down from 103% to 56%. The sewer fund is in the red $72,466.
I have read too many mayoral newsletters that said, “Not much to tell you this month…” There should be lots to talk about.