Lyman Hare and Tim Grabau, who has served recently on the Wykoff City Council, are vying for the position of mayor in Wykoff.

Grabau did not respond to our questionnaire. Hare did participate and his responses follow.

What has motivated you to file for this office?

Hare: I have been interested in small government for many years. I was on Wykoff's City Council for eight years (1979 to1986) and Chatfield School Board for 14 years. I have been a member of Jaycees, Rotary Clubs, Lions Clubs, and church boards and enjoy working with the public. My wife and I are both graduates of Wykoff (now Kingsland), and have moved back to Wykoff to make it our home.

Name one characteristic you have that has enabled you or would enable you to be a valuable member of this office. Please explain.

Hare: Experience working with the public. After graduating high school in 1967, I went to Austin Vocational School and graduated with a business diploma, went on to work and manage a retail store for nine years, worked in two banks (Wykoff and Chatfield) for 18 years, and have owned my own insurance agency for 16 years. That's 43 years of working with the public, of which I enjoy very much.

Top priority: If elected, what is your top priority for 2013 and the next four years?

Hare: I will try to keep Wykoff growing, houses are starting to sell and some young people with new ideas are deciding to make Wykoff their home. I will also keep our seniors in mind when making decisions about the future of Wykoff.

Biographical information: Briefly summarize your personal background and qualifications.

Hare: I have been married 43 years and have three fantastic children. They have blessed my wife LuAnn and me with 10 beautiful grandchildren. We have always lived in small communities and have been very active in our church, schools and civic organizations. I am a firm believer in not sitting back and expecting someone else to do the work that needs to be done for our family, friends and community.