With a lot of turnover on the council in the past few years, including the exit of some veteran council members, Anderson said it's especially important that experienced members are there to ask questions and insist information be provided on the long-term implications of decisions.
Council meetings, though, have been only a small part of the job, he said. Along with ceremonial duties where the mayor stands as Mankato's ambassador, there are also numerous meetings with other local partners, including businesses, the colleges, North Mankato, Blue Earth County, other area governments, regional organizations, the health-care industry and state and federal officials.
"I've built up very good relationships locally, regionally, statewide," Anderson said. "I think that's a real benefit for our town."