The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Election 2012

November 1, 2012

Six candidates vying for two seats on North Mankato council



He said the creation of the city’s industrial park is “wonderful” as an enticement for businesses.

Kurt Richardson

First-time office-seeker Richardson said if elected, he would be an impassioned advocate for expanding to four lanes Highway 14 between North Mankato and New Ulm.

“Losing a son to a car accident on Highway 14 has made it important to me to have no other family experience the death of a loved one.”

Richardson, a recent Corporate Graphics North retiree, said he’s running for City Council because he wants to play an active part in North Mankato’s continuous growth — “to be part of a team that has the best interest of the city at heart.”

He said one of his duties during his work career — supply-purchasing based on research to determine best quality at the most affordable price for the company — provided him with a transferable skill that would be an asset to City Council decision-making.

He said key challenges to North Mankato include bringing in more tourism, balancing the budget and continuance of the effort to bring in new businesses while ensuring that current businesses continue to thrive.

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Election 2012