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Election 2012

October 24, 2012

Mankato council race offers a rematch

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MANKATO —

The budget

Hurd said he deserves some credit for budget scrutiny, including the reduction of the $50,500 line item for staffing at Elks Nature Center. The center’s budget was cut by $30,000 for the 2010 budget, then eliminated in this year’s budget.

In 2009, Hurd called the Rasmussen Woods center “something we’d like to have but something we can’t really seem to afford anymore.”

He also said the budget has become more readable during his years on the council. Summary explanations have been added for many parts of the budget.

Hurd also has been a consistent advocate for the Verizon Wireless Center and its planned expansion.

“There’s no question about the economic value of the civic center,” he said.

Mattick acknowledged he doesn’t “really have a good handle on the spending” but said his emphasis would be on maintaining existing infrastructure.

The big votes

The most recent controversial issue on the council was a vote on whether to support or oppose a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Hurd abstained from the vote, saying it wasn’t the city’s business.

“I didn’t think it was a function of the City Council to tell people how to vote,” he said.

In 2010, he voted in favor of a two-year trial period to allow chickens. Later that year, he voted to censure former Mayor John Brady, convicted of drunken driving.

Mattick said his leadership style is to think things over and figure out what benefits the most people.

He also said he’s “kind of the underdog guy, too.”

“If I have a dissenting opinion, I’m going to stick to that.”

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