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Kingston City Council

Peter Axford

Why are you running for Kingston City Council?

I have always been intersted in politics. As a youth, I attended council meetings in my home town of Taconite, MN. I served 24 years as council member and mayor for the city of Coleraine, MN. I would hope my experience would be of some value to the voters of Kingston.

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

In all political races you hear, “create jobs.” Easy to say; difficult to accomplish.

Should the opportunity for a new business in Kingston arise, we should continue to cooperate, and welcome the potential owners with what resources we have.

The city of Kingston has seen a decrease in local government aid funds provided by the state and in the next few years, those funds will be eliminated altogether. There will be no easy solution to replacing that lost funding.

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

Since the city cannot provide the services enjoyed by larger communities, such as water, sewer, police, and fire protection, the council needs to work closely with the county and the City of Dassel to ensure the services they provide are continued.

Van Zwettler

Why are you running for Kingston City Council?

I’m running for city council for Kingston to take my turn to be involved in my local community.

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

Top two issues are: first, keep costs down; and second, promote and maintain our small-town charm.

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

I try and be a good listener, and what I’m hearing is, the city is currently running very efficiently, and if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.

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