Herald JournalHerald Journal, Oct. 25, 2004

Voters' guide: Waverly candidates

Two people running for mayor, 2-year term

Three people running for two available council seats, 4 -year terms

Mayoral candidate Charlie Bush (incumbent)

1. Why are you running for office?

I decided to file for mayor again for a couple of reasons. I enjoy the opportunity to be a part of the change that is taking place in our community. Secondly, I truly enjoy working with the council and committee members and employees of this city. Waverly is fortunate to have such fine, unselfish people working on its behalf. I hope you will continue to allow me to serve you in my capacity as your mayor.

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

One major issue is certainly the growth we are experiencing. Council and the various commissions of the city have set goals and identified the problems that are associated with such growth. Our sewer and water and street issues have all been addressed, and we can handle the housing and development growth with minimal impact financially and otherwise to our current and future residents. We’re positioned well for now and the future.

Why should you be elected?

I have truly enjoyed working for the city and its residents. My wife Pam and I love it here. As your mayor, I have always tried to base my votes and decisions on what is best for the residents – present and future – and I will continue to do so if I am elected.

Mayoral candidate Ken Hausladen

1. Why are you running for office?

During my time on council, I’ve followed one rule: the city council’s and mayor’s primary responsibility is to plan for and act in the best interests of the people in Waverly.

I’ve heard people say that they can see a time when Waverly will be a suburb of Montrose. Montrose is a good neighbor and we have some complimentary resources.

However, I don’t foresee Waverly becoming any other city’s suburb.

What do you think are major issues at this time? What do you propose to do about those issues?

• Development. We need to do a better job of checking the references and reputations of the developers who come before the park commission, planning and zoning, and council. The developers who have had good relationships and successful projects with other cities are the developers whose projects I’d like to see in Waverly. We shouldn’t be in a rush to develop. We shouldn’t settle for mediocre developers.

• City finances. The water in the summer of 2002 depleted our financial reserves, the city is experiencing a faster rate of growth than it has seen in the past, and local government aid has been drastically reduced. As a result, the city’s general fund is lower than it should be. We need to gradually bring the general fund up to the levels suggested by our auditors.

Why should you be elected?

I grew up in Waverly. I went to grade school here, graduated from Howard Lake-Waverly, and took my four-year degree in public administration from St. Cloud State. I have 12 years of financial experience working with portfolios in excess of $2 billion, so I don’t shy away from numbers. Most of my family and a lot of my friends live in and around Waverly. I have a vested interest in seeing that the people here have good places to live, shop, work, and relax.

City council candidate Deb Hausladen

1. Why are you running for office?

I would like to be on council to help make decisions that will be in the best interest for the people in the community. Waverly is a wonderful, growing community. I saw how special Waverly really is when I was helping with the sand bag and clean up crews during the summer of 2002.

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

• City parks. I am a member of the park commission. We are currently working to develop and implement ideas for parks in new and existing locations.

• Downtown. I believe the downtown area needs to be updated. I would like to help existing businesses grow and help bring in new businesses. I would also like to work with the economic development authority and planning and zoning to address this issue. I would like to see a family-owned bakery, coffee shop, cafe, drug store ,or hardware store on main street.

Why should you be elected?

I have a degree in public administration, 15 years of experience in finance, and about five years of project management experience. I have also helped with some Waverly Booster functions and all of the spring clean-up days since I’ve lived here.

City council candidate Gary Olson (incumbent)

1. Why are you running for office?

I feel I have a great deal of experience with city government. I am currently on the city council and have a good understanding of current issues.

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

• Residential growth within the city – assure new developers pay for all assessments when annexing into city limits. Control taxes with continued growth for residents now living in Waverly.

• Because of growth, we need continuity with the issues.

Why should you be elected?

I’ve always been concerned with the city of Waverly and its residents. I have no personal agenda other than what’s best for the city.

City council candidate Rick Ragan

1. Why are you running for office?

I am running for office because I like to be involved with my city. I am currently on the Waverly Fire Department and am also on the Waverly Park Commission.

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

The first major issue is the new development in our city. I believe new development in our city is a good thing and would work to make sure the annexation and development of new property would be a benefit to all in our city.

The second major issue is attracting new businesses to our city. I would continue to work to make our city more marketable to new businesses looking for somewhere to move to. A more diverse business selection would be a benefit to the residents of our city.

3. Why should you be elected?

I should be elected because I care about the future of our city. I am willing to take as much time as is needed to make Waverly a better place to live now and in the future.

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