By Ryan Gueningsman
FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP DeWayne Bauman is the only candidate who filed for a seat on the Franklin Township Board of Supervisors, with the township election and annual meeting coming up Tuesday, March 8.
The voting hours for township residents will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and the election will take place at the township hall, located south of Delano on Wright County Road 16. The position Bauman filed for is a three-year term, presently held by Bill McMullen, who did not refile.
The township’s annual meeting will take place Tuesday, March 8 at 8:15 p.m., or shortly thereafter, once election results have been determined. In case of inclement weather, the election and annual meeting may be postponed to Tuesday, March 15.
Bauman is a lifelong resident of Franklin Township and the Delano area, residing across the road from the family dairy farm.
He’s married and has two daughters. Bauman is a 1972 graduate of Delano High School, and graduated from Hutchinson Area Vocational Technical Institute in 1973. He worked for one year at Mammoth Industries in Plymouth before beginning a 30-year career working on service station equipment.
He worked for 13.5 years with Northwest Service Station Equipment in Minneapolis, and 16.5 years with Westside Equipment in Medina.
In 2002, Bauman started his own company Class-Act Outdoor Furnace, which is a Central Boiler dealer, selling outdoor furnaces, a company which he owns and operates today.
Bauman said the reason he is running for a position on the Franklin Township Board is to serve the residents of the township, to help keep government smaller, and maintain local control.
He said he wants to attempt to control costs and keep spending down while respecting and maintaining the family farms and open spaces.
Bauman said working with and maintaining a good relationship with the city and county pertaining to all issues that affect the residents of Franklin Township is also important to him.
The final issue Bauman cited is helping control costs, but maintaining quality gravel roads at the most cost-effective and feasible way possible.