To provide our readers with information to help them in their decision-making at the polls, the Record sent out a questionnaire to the two candidates for mayor in Upsala. The other race on the City Council is uncontested, with one candidate running for two seats. Just one candidate for mayor sent in a response.
The candidates were asked to introduce themselves and to respond to the following questions. Each of the responses was limited to 100 words. Candidates were asked the following questions:
1) If local government aid (LGA) is reduced even further, or cut altogether, what will you do to balance the city budget?
2) What will you do to bring more business and residents to your city?
3) What do you believe is the biggest issue facing the city now and in the future?
Rollie Johnson, Incumbent Mayor
Introduction: I have lived in the Upsala area for most of my life and have been married to my wife, Bev, for 43 years. We have two grown children and five grandchildren and are members of Gethsemane Lutheran Church. I have have been on the Church Council for 18 years and have been a member of the Upsala Lions for 24 years, where I served as president for two terms and was the Lions 5M-8 Diabetes co-chair for seven years. For 39 years, I was employed at Columbia Gear as a quality control inspector. I have served the city of Upsala on its City Council for six years and as Upsala mayor for two years.
Question 1: I don’t like to say this, but it would be a cost to our citizens and/or a cut in city services. This is a very good program to bring to our legislators so please support local government aid (LGA).
Question 2: My goal is to acquire assisted living in Upsala, work the best I can with county officials to see what businesses are out there to bring to Upsala to create job growth for schools and the city and promote additional city housing.
Question 3: City operation expenses in general. A way to create a manufacturing facility in Upsala which would be to require an industrial park location.
Joan Olson, Candidate
No response was received from this candidate.