Mike Dodge, a former Mayer city council member, is running unopposed in the Mayer mayoral race. Dodge still took time to respond to a series of questions from the Carver County News. Here are his responses.
1. Why do you want to be mayor of Mayer?
I have a passion for serving the public and want to continue to enhance the quality of life for Mayer residents.
2. What is the most pressing issue facing the city right now, and how should it be addressed?
Since the housing downfall, residential growth has been an issue. I would support continuing to offer incentives to potential builders and developers to stimulate growth.
3. In order to balance a budget, would you be more willing to support tax increases or service cuts? More specifically, are there any areas of the city budget that you feel receive too much or too little funding?
Although there are some promising signs that the economy is turning around, I wouldn’t support tax increases as this time. I believe that the present and past council members have done a great job not increasing taxes for many years, which is an indication that the proper funds are in the proper place.
4. What should the city do to support continued business and residential growth in Mayer?
The EDA should continue to actively pursue all interested businesses and utilize the new “Open to Business” program offered by Carver County Community Development Agency. The city council has been actively trying to stimulate residential growth by offering numerous incentives, and I would support the continuation of such promotions.
5. Why should the residents of Mayer give you their vote?
I am well informed and have a good understanding of past/current city issues and will offer creative solutions and will take a common sense approach in solving the issues.
6. Please tell us about your background.
I have lived in Mayer, with my 2 children, for the past 9 1/2 years. I’ve been employed in the medical device industry, working as a microbiologist, for the past 23 years. I am currently employed at Covidien located in Plymouth. I previously served on the Mayer City Council from 2007-2010.