Rochester City Council Presidential Candidate Profile: Michael Wojcik
ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- He's a member of City Council and has seen it all-- from prostitution stings to the overwhelming crow problem downtown.
Many know Michael Wojcik as the man on City Council that's not afraid to speak his mind. But there's more to Michael than that.
"I like to get out and play soccer and do a little bit of running, a lot of biking and I really love to bag-packing.
Michael's a MN native, living these last 14 years in Rochester, but his life started in Northern MN on the Iron Range.
"I ended up going from some pretty abject proverty in my youth to eventually getting masters Degrees in electrical engineering and Business Administration from the University of Minnesota."
But about 4 years ago Michael gave all that up to get into public service. He now provides Financial services to churches and non-profits.
"It's not okay that we have people living in poverty, it's not okay that we don't have public transportation for the eldery...it's not okay," Wojcik said.
After securing a 4-year spot on City Council this last November, Michael decided to push hard at the presidency a position that would allow him to more effectively work on issues that he says aren't getting enough attention.
"We've been spending a lot of time on City Council talking about salaries, buildings and crows and at the same time we're neglecting issues like affordable housing, public transportation, and the 300 homeless kids in our school system," Wojcik said.
Shifting the conversation to issues others may not want to delve into is certainly something Michael's not afraid to do. In 2011 he was critized for taking on the issue of Human trafficking in Rochester at China Massage Parlor.
"Got some of the good Ol' boys threatning to sue me despite the fact that they brought trafficking into our town," Wojcik said.
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