Beau Buncich

Beau Buncich

Occupation: Operation maintenance technician at United taconite.

Spouse/family: Girlfriend, Sophie Newman

Memberships in organizations/clubs: United Steelworkers Local 6860

Past experience as a candidate: Former candidate experience

• Why are you running for this position?

I am running for city council because I want to try and make chisholm an even better place to visit, grow a business, and most importantly raise a family in.

• What sets you apart from other candidates?

What sets me apart from other candidates is my determination to make Chisholm a greater place. I’ve lived my whole life here and have loved every second. I may be the youngest candidate, but I understand our town’s needs. If elected, I can make many of those needs a reality.

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

The council’s top priority should always be a balanced budget. But besides that the next top priority should be the continued improvement to infrastructure.

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

Factors when looking at reductions would be: Will public services be affected? Can projects be pushed back to balance the budget? Can the general fund cover the cost? My hope, as I’m sure is the case with all candidates and councilors, is to not have to cut the budget.

• Where do you see Chisholm five years from now?

The Tioga 40 developed into either new businesses or homes. Chisholm leading the way in affordable housing developments. Improved streets and alleys, new homes for the fire department, police department and city crew. A main street that hosts many events. Most importantly, a better place we can all call home.

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April Larson

April Larson

Occupation: Library Specialist, Children’s Services at the Hibbing Public Library and Residential Program Instructor for Range Center, Inc.

Spouse/family: Reggie Fountain and two daughters, Amariiya, 12, and Aaliyah, 5, both girls attend Chisholm schools

Memberships in organizations/clubs: Member of the Indian Education Parent Advisory Committee-Chairperson, AFSCME Local union 791, United Steelworkers Union Local 9349, ALS Early Literacy Initiative Sub-Committee member. Past member of the Labor Management Committee, Kids Plus Committee, Chisholm Bluestreak Mom Cheerleader

Past experience as a candidate: Applied last spring to fill vacant council seat

• Why are you running for this position?

At this moment, many new people are being called upon to serve our country, in an elective capacity. A love for my community, and to serve it along with experience in organizational governance are the basis for my decision. I’m the person to represent your views and your voice.

• What sets you apart from other candidates?

I have the leadership qualities as an individual to help promote the health, safety and welfare of the citizens. I have acquired knowledge of the City of Chisholm and personal relationships/friendships with many of our citizens. I respect them and they trust me. “Ask a neighbor who knows me.”

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

The health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Chisholm must always be the top priority of the council.

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

Before making any reductions to budgets, federal and state laws and regulations must be understood by members of the council. After reviewing new and existing laws, I believe funding for health, safety and welfare must come first. Cuts in spending beyond necessitates should be decided by the citizens through council.

• Where do you see Chisholm five years from now?

In five years, Chisholm’s population will grow as we will be welcoming many new faces within our community. I want to help develop, grow,and work together to move Chisholm forward.

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Adam Lantz

Adam M. Lantz

Occupation: Sales Representative at Minnesota Industries (2002)

Spouse/family: Wife, Kimberly, and daughter, Lilia

Memberships in organizations/clubs: Chisholm Volunteer Fire Department

Past experience as a candidate: First time running for a political office

• Why are you running for this position?

I’m running because I care about the future of our city. I believe there’s a lot I can offer this community as a public servant. I’d like to work at re-engaging our generation in volunteerism, encourage our youth to take pride in our city and provide value to our community.

• What sets you apart from other candidates?

We all have best intentions, put ourselves out there and will work tirelessly for the city we love. I strive to make ethical decisions in business and personal life. I have a strong work ethic, good family values and morals. As councilor, I will continue to make ethical decisions.

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

Infrastructure. Working with community groups on enhancements of our schools, parks and rec areas. Along with capitalizing on the new recreational developments such as the Bruce Mine Park and Redhead Mountain Bike trail/park.

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

What are we supposed to do versus what can we help do. I would work with city staff to identify areas where they are comfortable with reducing their budget. Then I would look to supporting programs that would increase tax value.

• Where do you see Chisholm five years from now?

I see Chisholm with a busier downtown. Cleaner city lots with more updated housing and higher taxable value. A larger tax base with a higher population.

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Cheyenne Mikkola-Rahja

Cheyenne Mikkola-Rahja

Occupation: Confidential Superintendent’s Secretary Chisholm Public School District

Spouse/family: Bridget Mikkola-Rahja

Memberships in organizations/clubs: None

Past experience as a candidate: Appointed to the council in February to fill a vacancy

• Why are you running for this position?

I’ve always had a passion for politics. I can help make a positive impact in our community by being involved and being a voice for our community members. People being in the loop with what is happening is important and the surge of involvement I have seen is great.

• What sets you apart from other candidates?

I think my passion for research makes me a strong choice for a city council member. I enjoy working with others to come up with solutions to challenges.

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

I think the city’s top priority in the short term should be to permanently fill our open positions. In the long term, I think we need to focus on being a community people want to live in by continuing to bring in activities.

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

When looking at reducing any areas of the budget, I think it is important to look if there are areas we can spend smarter first. We have excellent department heads that keep track of their budgets and research to find alternatives to current systems to try and save money.

• Where do you see Chisholm five years from now?

I’d love to see us as a community that people from all over want to visit, and a community that people who are looking to move want to live in. We can accomplish this by continuing to be open to bringing new activities and supporting current and new local businesses.

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