Three candidates up for election for two Wykoff City Council seats Nov. 6
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 5:28 AM
Three have filed for two open Wykoff City Council seats. Mitchell Grabau, Gerald Jacobson Sr., and Megan Larson will be on the Nov. 6 ballot for Wykoff residents.
Larson did not respond to our candidate questionnaire. Grabau and Jacobson did respond and their answers follow, listed in alphabetical order by last name.
What has motivated you to file for this office?
Grabau: After working with the planning and zoning committee the last few years, some of its members encouraged me to think about running for city council.
Jacobson: I have worked in Wykoff for 51 years and lived in town for 46 years.
Name one characteristic you have that would enable you to be a valuable member of this office. Please explain.
Grabau: When helping establish and serving on the planning and zoning committee I have learned more about our community. It has been an interesting and challenging position being its chairperson for the past year. I believe the experience I have gained from this committee would help me be a valuable member of the city council.
Jacobson: I am a retired 71-year-old and I feel I have time to be involved in city government. I would like your vote for city council on Nov. 6. Thank you.
Top priority: If elected, what is your top priority for 2013 and the next four years?
Grabau: Infrastructure. We have some streets in town that are in horrible condition. I know funding is limited but we need to address this. I think setting up some truck routes and/or weight restrictions on some streets would help to preserve our good streets. It seems like every other community has this in the area. Also I would continue to help to get the new sewer plant completed.
Jacobson: Top priorities are: PeoplesService for wastewater for treatment plant, utility water bills, garbage contract, and streets.
Biographical information: Briefly summarize your personal background and qualifications.
Grabau: I am 41 years old and have lived in Wykoff for 26 of those years. I have a wife, Mindy, and two children, Rachel and Bradley. I have worked for Root River Hardwoods in Preston for a little over 23 years. I appreciate the peoples' vote on Nov. 6.
Jacobson: I was on the Wykoff Fire Department for 37 years, and I'm a Wykoff High School class of 1959 grad. I'm a member of the Wykoff Area Historical Society and treasurer for its board of directors, member of the Wykoff United Methodist Church, and a member of Fillmore Historical Society and The History Center of Olmsted County.