Herald JournalHerald Journal, Oct. 25, 2004

Voters' guide: Lester Prairie candidates

One person running for mayor, 2-year term

One person running for two available council seats, 4 -year terms; write-in to be elected

Mayoral candidate Eric Angvall (incumbent)

1. Why are you running for office?

During the many years I have volunteered on the council, I have acquired much experience and understanding concerning the mandates of the state that the local council needs to deal with. I have also gained experience by working with and through many different groups to achieve the various goals of those groups. I have enjoyed working with these groups to help achieve the goals of our town, and I would like to continue to do so.

2. What do you think are two major issues at this time and what do you propose to do about them?

“My town.” We have many new faces in our community, new developments, and changing households. One of the challenges we face is to help the new members of Lester Prairie feel welcomed and included. If each of us thinks of this town as “my town,” we will all get more involved in groups and organizations, thus promoting the community and helping to better shape its positive future. Thinking of Lester Prairie as “my town” will also help foster the support of local business and will help bring the amenities that we all want.

Infrastructure improvements. With the increase in population comes the need for expansion and improvements to the current infrastructure. At present, we are in need of expansion at the wastewater treatment plant. This is a multi-year project and I would like to stay on the council to help bring continuity to this project that has already been started. Other areas will need maintenance and expansion, too, and with proper forecasting of our needs, we can budget for and keep or expand the current level of service that each of these areas delivers to us.

3. Why should you be elected?

The town has a great group of current employees, the council and employees are working very well together, and we are all excited about the future of our town. We have received many grants in the last few years, including one to develop a new nature park, thanks in large part to the dedicated work of the employees. Let’s continue this trend!

The current state financial problems will haunt us for many years to come, and we should expect more cuts from the state and more unfunded mandates. The county, too, suffers from state cuts and wants to have the cities assume more and more of the tasks that they previously performed. I have the experience, knowledge and understanding of the city’s budgetary needs and requirements that will help us deal with these situations both now and in the future.

I am excited about “my town” and I hope that you are too!

City council candidate Art Mallak

1. Why are you running for office?

I believe I could be very good for the city of Lester Prairie. I want to give back to the community and I feel being on the council is the best way to do that. I believe in the town of Lester Prairie, and would like to see it go forward.

2. What do you think are two major issues at this time and what do you propose to do about them?

Keeping and expanding the community businesses. My goal is to work closely with business owners and potential new business owners.

Taxes and spending. My goal is to look at all programs that our tax dollars are paying and see that they are being spent in the best way possible.

3. Why should you be elected?

I feel I can make a difference, I have a lot of new ideas, and would like to listen to the people.

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