ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)- This coming Tuesday could be the day Rochester determines their next city council president, and one person on the ballot is someone who has served as interim president since the passing of Denny Hanson last July.
Randy Staver is a life-long member of the Rochester community and has been involved with city groups for years, which has allowed him to experience the complexity of Rochester first-hand.
He has nothing but great experiences with the Rochester City Council.
"I've always felt that it was important to give back to your community and this has been just a wonderful opportunity."
Randy Staver's dedication to the city was made even more apparent as he was appointed interim city council president after the passing of Dennis Hanson.
"My role at that point was to mainly consider and continue the business of the city and maintain that continuity so that citizens can have confidence."
He hopes he has earned that confidence as he aims to remove the interim tag. Staver feels that because he has served in the interim role since July, he has gained a firm grasp on what it takes to be the best city council president Rochester could have.
"Most important, I think, is that ability to try to bring people together and find consensus. It's just a wonderful opportunity to have the various viewpoints, and we need that healthy dialogue, that interaction that happens between elected officials and the public."
Staver is running to address issues involving public safety, housing issues for low income families and members of the senior population, as well as effectively using the re-newed city sales tax.
"We asked for the public's trust last November in extending the sales tax authorization, and now it's incumbent on us as elected officials to exercise good judgement and follow-through and maintain that trust."
He goes into Tuesday's special election with no regrets.
"It's been an exciting experience. It's been another opportunity to meet a whole different segment of the population and learn some more things about Rochester and, again, grow and try to do better things for our city."
Staver recognizes that there is a good possibility of a run-off election after Tuesday's vote, but he hopes that he has earned the voters respect as interim president to get above the necessary 50% plus-one threshold to earn the seat.
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