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Winsted City Council

Three people have filed for a position on the Winsted City Council; Dave Mochinski, George Schulenberg, and Tom Wiemiller.

Dave Mochinski

Why are you running for this particular office?

I am running for a second term, because with tough financial times still ahead, I think there are many ways to cut the budget without jeopardizing public safety.

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

1. Being able to continue giving the citizens what they expect from their local government, while keeping taxes and fees at a minimum.

2. A big item that is going to be mandated from the state will be upgrading our sewage treatment plant, which will have costs in the millions.

Why should you be elected?

If elected, I will continue doing what I have been doing the last four years – watching where the pennies and dollars are being spent.

George Schulenberg

Why are you running for office?

My wife and I have enjoyed living in Winsted for six and one-half years now, and I would like to become more involved in making a difference and help the community in any way I can.

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

1. I am concerned about the empty buildings downtown and would like to see what we, as council members and community members, could do to support and encourage new (and established) businesses here in Winsted.

2. Also a concern is for Winsted to be a financially stable city without outside assistance, such as local government aid (LGA).

3. I also enjoy Lake Winsted and want to continue to work toward the improvement of the lake.

Why should you be elected?

I am honest, fair, and hardworking. I am very approachable and accountable. I work well with people. I have no hidden agenda.

Tom Wiemiller

Why are you running for office?

I feel the need to continue to represent the citizens of Winsted, with leadership and direction for the greater good of our city.

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

1. The issue of unallotment – local government aid (LGA) – from the state of Minnesota.

With the reduction of state aid, the City of Winsted’s budget is directly impacted.

By working carefully within our budget, we can provide city services and maintain infrastructure, without raising taxes.

I will be fiscally responsible and encourage the city staff to do the same.

2. The issue of maintaining and attracting businesses in the city, especially the downtown district.

I will promote citizen involvement in planning and re-development to get all ideas on the table, including continued work on our lakeshore and trails.

I encourage everyone to shop locally to support the local businesses.

Why should I be elected?

I have served on the Winsted City Council for nearly 20 years. I believe in openness when it comes to leadership and policy decisions. I represent a great community of citizens; in short, I love Winsted.

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