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Darwin City Council

Jeremy Cates

Why are you running for Darwin City Council?

I have lived in Darwin for 20 years, and would like to help continue to make Darwin a great place to live and raise children.

The mayor has shown a great deal of energy and enthusiasm, and I would like to help Darwin grow as a community.

What do you believe are the top two issues facing the city, and what are your proposed solutions?

Aging infrastructure. Aid from the state continues to drop, and I think the city needs to look at a long-term strategy.

Personnel. The city recently lost two key positions – the city clerk and the utilities maintenance technician. I would like to see if it would be possible for the city to partner with another city to share the costs for both or either of these positions. Another option may be contracting for the services.

What specifically can the city do to cut costs and operate efficiently, while still maintaining service to taxpayers?

As mentioned above, I would like the city to explore the potential for sharing personnel time and costs with another governmental entity or contracting for coverage of the workload.

Mark Gabrielson

Why are you running for Darwin City Council?

To be more involved in my community.

What do you believe are the top two issues facing the city, and what are your proposed solutions?

Updating our sewer and water facilities to handle the growing community, and attracting new businesses.

Solutions: Work closely with the city council to find a cost-effective way to improve our city water and sewer without putting a strain on the taxpayers, and offer incentives to promote new business development in the community.

What specifically can the city do to cut costs and operate efficiently, while still maintaining service to taxpayers?

I feel, as a community, we are doing a good job of managing our city spending; however, attracting new business will strengthen the local economy, enabling us to operate more efficiently.

Sarah Kotila

Why are you running for Darwin City Council?

I have spent the last 16 years living in Darwin, and would like to be a more integral member in the community. I am running for city council so that I may assist in informing decisions affecting the city.

What do you believe are the top two issues facing the city, and what are your proposed solutions?

Darwin’s main issue is operating and maintaining the city’s infrastructure. As each issue arises, I would make the most informed decisions possible.

What specifically can this unit of government do to cut costs and operate efficiently, while still maintaining service to taxpayers?

To maintain the city efficiently, I would research all options that may benefit the city.

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