Marty Halverson

Marty Halverson

Occupation: Civil Engineer

Spouse/family: Daughter, Dana ,and son, Jacob

Memberships in organizations/clubs: Engineers Club of Northern Minnesota, IRRR-Laurentian Vision Partnership, Chisholm Youth Soccer Coach 2014-2018

Past experience as a candidate: Appointed to Chisholm City Council February 2017; Chisholm Public Utilities Commission 2005

• Why are you running for this position?

I am running to continue and promote the efforts/projects that have been developed by the city council over the past few years. In other words, to provide continuity on the city council going forward.

• What sets you apart from other candidates?

Thirty-five years of professional experience in the areas of engineering/construction/mining. My experience in the areas of streets, utilities, planning, contracts, agreements, budgets, unions/HR and communications sets me apart from my opponent.

• What should be the city council’s top priority?

Completion of the new Public Safety Building for the fire and police departments; and improving the quality and longevity of the city’s infrastructure, particularly with regard to street pavement and utilities.

• What factors would you consider when looking at any type of reductions to the city’s budget?

All budget items, large and small, are reviewed by the council when preparing the annual budget; and good judgement is required. Reductions are often possible, but some costs are fixed. Grants, low-interest loans, and a good bonding rating are very important tools for reducing the cost of projects.

• Where do you see Chisholm five years from now?

I would like to see more downtown and near-downtown housing, attracting new businesses, maintaining our existing businesses, continued emphasis on promoting recreation and tourist opportunities, and continual improvement of our streets and infrastructure.

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Travis Vake

Travis Vake

Occupation: Special Education Teacher

Spouse/family: Parents, Tom and Kathy, siblings: Laura, Kristen and Adam

Memberships in organizations/clubs: Chisholm Kiwanis President, Chisholm Schools PTA, CE School Rep, Knights of Columbus Council 3539 Past Grand Knight/Treasurer, Former Mesabi Range College Foundation board member, Range Area Volleyball Officials Association, St. Raphael’s Foundation director, volleyball/football/basketball referee, School District Superintendent Search Faculty Committee

Past experience as a candidate: No previous experience

• Why are you running for this position?

I chose to run for city council on the basis of “change.” I think that it’s the right time for the younger generation to take pride in the city they live in and get involved in the future of Chisholm. I believe with my experiences, I can be that change.

• What sets you apart from other candidates?

I believe that my experience sets me apart. I’ve been involved in organizations and clubs since I was in high school. I’ve worked in partnership with the Chamber and Kiwanis on numerous projects and fundraisers. I work in the school and that is the centerpiece of our city.

• What should be the city council’s top priority?

The top priority should be bringing our town to life. We need to find ways to involve current businesses, kids and the school, upgrade infrastructure and buildings, and be creative in securing funds. There’s a lot of opportunity, and we need a council willing to take on that role.

• What factors would you consider when looking at any type of reductions to the city’s budget?

The direction of the council should be to look at how the city can maximize funding before immediately looking at reducing the budget or making cuts. Looking at immediate needs of the city versus the long-term outlook would be the main factor when looking at a reduction in the budget.

• Where do you see Chisholm five years from now?

I see a successful, well-maintained, vibrant and welcoming city. A place where new families want their kids to grow up in a safe, welcoming community. I see a place where businesses want to build and become members of our city due to its location in the heart of the Iron Range.

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