Editor's note: This Q&A is part of a series detailing Newport City Council candidates. Find the rest of the responses here.
- Age: 73
- Education: St. Paul Technical College, University of Minnesota Carlson School of Business
- Family: Married
- Occupation: Retired
Why should you be elected?
I have previously served on the Newport City Council for a total of 15 years. I have worked with other governmental units, state and county boards, and I am comfortable with working to improve assistance from those agencies for the city.
What skills and qualifications would you bring to public office?
I am very aware of city operations, having recently retired from the Newport Fire Department after 42 years of service. I was the assistant fire chief in charge of training for 30 years. I actually listen to residents concerns, and I am well aware of the commitment that is involved in serving on the City Council.
How should the city approach future commercial and residential development?
The city needs to encourage new business development by showing the advantage of Newport's location, being close to St. Paul, Minneapolis and the International Airport. Easy access from Interstate 494 and U.S. Highway 61. We also need to work with our present business community.
What can the city do to combat the high tax rate?
Provide the best public services at the most reasonable price. We need to maintain the health and safety of all of our residents. The city can maintain and live within its budget, but cannot decide what the county or school district or the other taxing authorities that make up the total property tax will budget. The city portion of the property tax is about 19 percent of the total charge.