The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Election 2012

November 1, 2012

Six candidates vying for two seats on North Mankato council



“I do not think this is true today. Have we lost that edge, and if so, how do we get it back?”

Kim Spears

Spears, who ran unsuccessfully for North Mankato City Council two years ago, said he’s running again because he’s concerned that present leadership isn’t taking current and future conditions into account in their decision-making process.

The business-computer programmer said his understanding of accounting principles and his work performing cost/benefit analyses are skills that would benefit city governance.

The key challenges/issues facing North Mankato: “The need to do more with  less, unfunded mandates from the state and federal governments, and lack of a clear vision of what North Mankato is supposed to be.”

He said if elected, he looks forward to delving into the workings of the intergovernmental committee, Port Authority and park management.

On current and past City Council workings:

“I feel most of the current council is out of touch with the citizens that are living on Social Security and savings income.”

Pete Wachtel

 Wachtel, a general contractor who has lived in North Mankato 36 years, is commander of the Sons of the American Legion in North Mankato.

“I have great leadership skills and work well with others, and that is very important,” he said. “I don’t believe that sitting on your hands and waiting for someone else to do it gets anything done.”

Wachtel said although North Mankato’s annual curbside pickups of residents’ unwanted items can be expensive for the city he thinks it’s a great community benefit.

“I believe we can figure out a way to resume this for our citizens.”

He also thinks the continuation of improvements to the 200 block of Belgrade Avenue is crucial for the city.

“I believe we need to continue to create space for new businesses and relocating businesses and try to make it appealing for them to come to North Mankato.”

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