Herald Journal - Voters' Guide '08

Six file for positions in Darwin

Six people have filed for city council positions in Darwin. Two filed for mayor – incumbent Orlan Cervin, and newcomer Mike Diedrich.

For city council, four filed for the two open seats – incumbent Diane Porth, as well as Clinton Lindquist, Jeremy Cates, and Tim Matheson.

City council member Patti Burdick did not re-file.

Orlan Cervin

Why are you running for office?

I feel the city of Darwin has made many improvements these last few years, and I want that to continue.

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

For a couple of years, the council has been working with engineers and applying for grant money to update the city sewage ponds.

Street repair and replacement.

Why should you be elected?

I would like to see these projects completed and improvements made.

Mike Diedrich

Why are you running for office?

To prevent the selling out of the city of Darwin to corporations with variable rates and surcharges, without a public say-so. To bring back a more neighborly atmosphere and bring all of Darwin together with roads other than Highway 12.

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

“The old collect, the new throw away and clean up – the young mess it all up.” Who are we to tell someone else how the cycle of life is supposed to go? Ordinance 37 is a very big issue to me.

To investigate alternative options – other than raising taxes.

Why should you be elected?

It’s time for a change. The presiding mayor has been in office for quite some time. We need a new generation of leadership. We need teachers, instead of dictators.

Diane Porth

Why are you running for office?

After much consideration, I feel that a woman’s viewpoint be maintained on the city council.

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

I feel that the state of Minnesota should be of more help to small communities, and I shall try to enlist the help of local representatives to achieve this.

Keeping our local economy going – by encouraging the people of our community to support local businesses.

Why should you be elected?

Having served 17 years as a council person, I feel I know how city government works, and care about my community and residents.

Clinton Lindquist

Why are you running for office?

I have a desire to serve the community that I live in, and to try to represent the views of all within the community.

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

Maintaining the City of Darwin infrastructure and roads with a proactive, and not reactive, approach. To have an approach of what is in the best interest of all in the city.

Making the City of Darwin viable for the future with more industry and business.

Why should you be elected?

I would help move Darwin in a direction that is both feasible and fiscally responsible.

Jeremy Cates

Why are you running for office?

I think a new viewpoint is needed on the city council. I can also provide a different approach to solving problems.

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

Taxes. The city council is raising property taxes 61 percent, with no major improvements in benefits (i.e. new parks, facilities, fire or police coverage, etc.). I do not agree with imposing such a drastic increase on the citizens of Darwin.

Growth. Darwin is growing along with most communities close to the Twin Cities. I would like to get involved with promoting Darwin, and attracting new businesses.

Why should you be elected?

I have lived in Darwin for 15 years now, and I love the small town feel in Darwin. I would like to be involved in the decisions that affect the residents of Darwin and to help make it the best place to live and raise our families as possible.

Tim Matheson

Why are you running for office?

For the chance to be involved in the decisions that are made in Darwin, and the opportunity to serve my community.

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

The economy is a major concern of mine. Not only on a national level, but at a local level, because unemployment levels are too high.

The situation with our wastewater, and the need for repair or replacement of the current system. We need to find an economically feasible solution for our citizens.

Why should you be elected?

I feel that I would be an asset to our city council, because I am willing to listen to all members of our community and put all of our ideas together.