Want to make a difference? Run for office

Published 9:42 am Tuesday, April 12, 2016

It was a big night Monday at the Albert Lea City Council meeting when three of the seven council members announced they would not be seeking re-election to the council this fall.

Third Ward Councilor George Marin said he will run for the Albert Lea School Board, while 1st Ward Councilor John Schulte V and 5th Ward Councilor Larry Anderson will seek other opportunities.

In my almost 10 years in Albert Lea — most of which was covering the City Council — I came to realize just how much these and all public servants work. These people have dedicated multiple nights a month in service to the community and have taken the time to answer questions from the public.

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It is impossible for all residents across the city to agree 100 percent with all of the votes taken by any council member, but I think it is safe to say that these three councilors dedicated themselves to their positions and always tried to do their best.

Being on the City Council, Freeborn County Board of Commissioners or Albert Lea School Board is sometimes a thankless job, but these positions are vital to helping our community grow.

I am interested to see how these positions are filled in the future, and I encourage people who want to make a difference to step forward and run for office.

While I’m sure a business or financial background might be a plus, in my opinion the only qualities that are a must are a passion for the community and a willingness to listen to other people’s points of view. The rest comes with time.

We have many important issues that our city leaders will have to face in the next few years, such as the Blazing Star Landing, more issues downtown and our streets. It is an exciting time in Albert Lea as our businesses are growing and  our downtown is being revitalized. Our city is progressing.

If you want to be a part of that or if there are things you don’t agree with, now’s your chance to stand up and make a difference.


Sarah Stultz is the managing editor of the Tribune. Her column appears every Tuesday.