Six candidates are seeking two positions on the Spring Grove City Council. Incumbents Steve Kemp and Rachel Storlie face challengers Nancy Nelson, Rachel Olerud, Dave Peterson and Roger Taylor. They all responded to the questionnaire from the Spring Grove Herald. Below are their responses listed in alphabetical order. Each response was limited to 150 words.
Dave Peterson, age 70- Retired
1.) Please tell us about yourself and why you are running for office?
I am running for a city council seat as an independent, common sense, non-aligned candidate. I'd like to give voters a moderate voice as opposed to the other two groups' extreme positions.
I spent 26 years as a member of the U.S. Air Force and another 20 years working for the U.S. Postal Service.
I am the current vice-commander of American Legion Post and vice president of the local Sons of Norway Lodge.
My many years supervising, managing and organizing many different jobs has shown me that some common sense and fiscal responsibility is what is needed here in our quiet, peaceful community.
Sadly, this election has been reduced to one issue, a referendum of the Main Street project. Are you for it, then vote for the incumbents. If against it, vote for the opposition group. Neither side wants to compromise.
I oppose the city hall version only to the extent of unneeded cosmetic items. To include them in the bond issue makes no common sense. Why pay for these items over 20 years plus interest cost for items that will need to be replaced again before even being paid off?
I say defer these items and wait until funds become available. Replace the sewer and water mains only.
I also oppose the opposition's "Scorched Earth" position. Both sides must give a little. A vote for me will block the majority vote on the council for either side and hopefully force a compromise solution.
Other issues need to be addressed during a new council term. I believe the taxpayer would be better served without supporting a liquor store. Sell it to a private entity; put it back on the tax roll.
Do we need a city administrator? I'd need to look closer to determine what is gained and what could be delegated to current staffing.
The SWIM Center needs a completely new concept to utilize it fully. Let's get some additional outside professional advice to stop the heavy losses.
Above all else, please vote on Nov. 6! Vote your own conscience with a thought to your wallet, too.
Common sense, a little Norwegian penny pinching wouldn't hurt.
Thank you for your consideration. Again vote, it's important to be counted.