Herald Journal - Voters' Guide '08

Eight file for positions in Mayer

Eight people have filed for positions in Mayer.

For mayor, incumbent Chris Capaul has filed.

For Mayer City Council, the following people have filed: Erick Boder, Bruce Osborn, Tim Masters, Allen Pedersen, Bryan Geruntho, and Elienne (Tice) Stieve-McPadden.

In Mayer, the mayor position is up, served by Capaul; as well as two, four-year council positions served by Ron Haag and Jim Stanley.

Chris Capaul

Why are you running for office?

To continue to serve the citizens and add stability in a time when we are facing economic instability.

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

Hold the taxes at the present level or slightly lower, through decreased spending and any other alternative available.

By offering incentives to new home buyers.

Why should you be elected?

I would welcome the opportunity to continue to serve the residents of Mayer.

Erick Boder

Why are you running for office?

I am running for Mayer City Council because I believe that government officials who we elect must reflect the needs and wants of our community.

I have talked with my neighbors and other people who live in Mayer, and I have a sense that we, as residents, have a feeling of disconnect from our city government.

I have also been told that the high tax levies for city infrastructure, increasing utility costs to residents, and holding tax rates to a minimum are of the highest concerns to families.

I believe that we, as a community, need to focus on smart growth within the city of Mayer. We need to offer incentives to businesses as well as families to entice people to invest in our community.

I truly believe, like most families I know, we need to do more with less. We need to partner with other local communities for essential city services. I believe that we can provide high quality services to the people of Mayer in a more cost efficient manner.

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

The top two issues that I have had expressed to me are the high cost of services provided by the city, such as the increasing cost of utilities, and keeping the city property tax rate down.

In the time that my family has lived in Mayer, our cost of city-provided utilities has been on the rise. I believe that this rise is a result of the debt service of $382,000 on the waste water treatment plant. I believe that the option of cooperating with other local communities in this area must be discussed. Partnering with neighboring communities on infrastructure projects like this can result in lower tax rates, lower utility bills, and increased growth for all involved.

The second issue that people have expressed to me is the issue of keeping the city property tax rate low. The current tax rate for 2009 has been set at 67.7 percent, the same as 2008. I believe that not increasing taxes is a start, but we must look at options for providing quality city services at a responsible cost to the tax payer.

Why should you be elected?

I have more than 10 years of government experience working as a police officer, chief of police, deputy sheriff, and fire fighter. I have served in communities ranging in population from 1,000 to 87,000 people.

I am involved in my community through being a responsible city resident, and as a volunteer fire fighter/Emergency Medical Technician for the Mayer Fire Department.

I am currently working on my bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice and organizational leadership at Concordia University in St. Paul.

In my current position as the “Town Deputy” for the City of Victoria, over the last four years I have been working closely with residents, city staff, and city council on issues affecting the quality of life and public safety of residents in Victoria.

I feel that I have nurtured a strong relationship of trust and mutual respect with the citizens of Victoria and Carver County.

As your council member, I will listen to your concerns, make decisions that are responsible and equitable for all people, and promote a responsive and accountable government.

Bruce Osborn

Why are you running for office?

No answer submitted.

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

No answer submitted.

Why should you be elected?

No answer submitted.

Tim Masters

Why are you running for office?

I am running for office because I feel that my experience can be of service to the citizens of Mayer. I am also running because I want to be actively involved in solving the issues that will face us in the coming years.

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

At the city level, there are two problems.

First, every family is facing financially challenging times. Even before Wall Street’s issues arose, families have seen their cost of living skyrocket.

Secondly, cities and counties are facing slowing revenue growth. I believe it is possible for cities to run without continually asking its citizens to dig deeper into their pockets. I will work both to control spending and to attract new business to Mayer.

Why should you be elected?

I would be honored to represent the citizens of Mayer. I believe my work ethic, combined with my dedication to finding solutions make me the best choice for city council.

Allen Pedersen

Why are you running for office?

I am running for Mayer City Council because I like to be involved with what is happening to the community I live in.

As the city grows, there will be growing pains, and I would like to ensure Mayer will be a great city to live in.

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

I would work to use tax money in a responsible way. I, like all residents of Mayer, want to get the most for their tax dollars, and I will work to ensure that.

I would like to work to improve our parks so all residents have a fun and safe park to go to. I would like to expand our city celebration and make it a “can’t miss” event for us all. I think events like a city celebration can really pull the residents together and create a strong sense of community.

Why should you be elected?

I will bring a common sense approach to issues brought before me.

I served six years on a board of directors of an 89-unit townhouse association, where I held the vice president seat. I, along with the rest of the board, made the decisions involving the association budget, the property and buildings, vendor contracts such as garbage and snow removal, and pool maintenance. I did this job without any benefits to myself, except the satisfaction of having a well-run association and great place to live.

Bryan Geruntho

Why are you running for office?

No answer submitted.

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

No answer submitted.

Why should you be elected?

No answer submitted.

Elienne (Tice) Stieve-McPadden

Why are you running for office?

I would consider a seat on the city council an opportunity to be of service to the community.

I’m running for city council in hopes of being a voice for the citizens of Mayer. I have lived in Mayer my whole life, and I learned at an early age how important it was to serve the community.

My father, Ron Stieve, was very active in the community. He was a member of the Mayer Fire Departmetn, the Mayer Booster Club, and the Mayer Baseball Club. He worked for the City of Mayer as a maintenance man for many years and put countless hours of volunteer time into the community.

Over the years, I’ve also tried to do my part to serve the community. I am currently a member of the Mayer Baseball Club, and my children are members of the Mayer Riverside 4-H Club. I served six years as a school board member for Zion School in Mayer, and I helped to found the Mayer Club for Kids in the late 1980s.

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

Two major issues for me are taxes and family development.

Taxes: I’m aware that taxes are inevitable, but I’d like to try to be of some assistance in keeping them in check. I think the community needs a voice at the county level, and I’m willing to try to implore county commissioners to keep taxes and spending at a minimum so we can experience healthy growth in the community.

I urge everyone to contact their commissioner and express their concern about the amount of taxes we pay. The City of Mayer also seems to have a slightly higher tax rate than surrounding communities.

The budget needs to be tightened, while trying to keep our quality of life intact. Right now businesses are being taxed out of this town, and the homeowner is being taxed and charged out of the community.

I don’t have all the answers to this situation, but recognizing the issue is the first step. We need healthy businesses to stimulate and support the community, but in order to have a healthy business, the residents must be able to financially support the local businesses. We’ll never have that if people can’t afford to live here.

Family Development: My involvement in The Mayer Baseball Club, Mayer Riverside 4-H, Zion’s School Board, and the Mayer Club for Kids has taught me so much about the importance of the family and the youth of the community.

I would like to be involved in the development of the parks, and family-oriented programs. The youth of this community are the leaders of tomorrow. They need activities and programs that will instill a sense of accomplishment and community pride. They need places to go and things to do within the community to stay out of trouble.

Why should you be elected?

See all of the above. I love Mayer and I want to see it grow and prosper while maintaining a safe, small town atmosphere.