The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Election 2012

November 11, 2012

Outgoing councilors talk election, future

Write-in candidate says he’ll run again



Laven said his ego is “slightly bruised” but wasn’t otherwise mulling over the election results.

“Coulda, woulda and shoulda isn’t going to change the results now,” he said.

He said he’s considering running for public office in another capacity, perhaps on the City Council, on the County Board or at the Legislature. He lives in the ward of Councilwoman Karen Foreman, who he called “an incredibly good campaigner.”

Dennis Dieken, who garnered 25 percent of the votes in a write-in campaign against Councilwoman Tamra Rovney, said he intends to run next time.

“I think that we did well for a write-in,” he said, but called it “pretty darn tough” for a write-in candidate to unseat an incumbent on a ballot.

He said he hopes that the work he did this time around helps when he runs again.

The new council members, Frederick and Mattick, will take their seats soon after Jan. 1, either in a regular meeting or a special meeting.

Legislative impact

While it might be assumed that the Democrats’ win in the Legislature bodes well for the city’s request for state money to expand its civic center and maintain local government aid, City Manager Pat Hentges said it’s premature to draw any conclusions.

The Democrats will face pressure to focus on the budget — and Hentges thinks that’s the way it should be — and that priority will put all other legislative business in a second tier.

It’s an off-year for a public construction bill, though Hentges has heard the governor is considering having a special bill for projects he believed should have made it last year.

The future of local government aid is an even bigger question mark for the Legislature. The only certainty comes from the local governments that depend on the aid. 

Cities and counties have already resumed that drumbeat. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman is joining others for a “Thank LGA” event 2:30-4 p.m. Tuesday in the North Mankato Police Annex Community Room.

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Election 2012