One thing that has become a common theme in the upcoming elections is change and accountability. From grass roots movements such as the Tea Party, movements are about to elect people who promise to bring accountability and change. The same holds true for the town of Montrose, Minnesota. Once seat up for grabs has a candidate pushing for change in Montrose. The Governor’s election also has a kind of local flavor to it as well. This is a brief description on the campaigns of Scott Czanstkowski and Tom Emmer.
Scott Czanstkowski is running for a seat on the Montrose City Council. He has a website and blog http://www.newmontrose.com with a platform of reducing the costs of running the city. He has listed examples of how the city government is wasting money and time, in particular, salaries of appointed officials. He mentions the waste of money and little that has been done to improve the quality of life for Montrose’s citizens. He also is promoting civic pride and involvement on his site. Czanstkowski appears to have the ears of the locals. His signs are located in many yards and he has many people behind him. He mentions how the local Fire Marshall Mike Marketon recently stated at a recent Council meeting that the past celebration of Montrose Days may be the last one due to costs and lack of involvement. Czanstkowski encourages people on his site to get involved and keep this local festival going. Those who have been fighting city hall for many years see him as their man. One thing that is mentioned on his site is how Montrose has some of the highest paid officials of a town of its size in the state. Looking at the recent contorversy in the city of Bell, California, which included arrests of many of that city’s public officials, some are fearing that the same thing could happen in this small Midwestern town.
Scott Czanstkowski is pushing for this to not happen and to bring the costs of governing a city the size of Montrose down and to a more pragmatic cost. There have been more candidates in the mix, however, they are only starting to come out of the woodwork in the promotion of their campaigns. The upcoming elections will show what kind of future the voters of Montrose want for this small town of approximately 1500 people. The neighboring town of Delano also has a local making news.
Tom Emmer is the Republican candidate for Minnesota’s Governor. Emmer is an attorney and state representative from Delano. His legisaltive district includes Montrose, Delano, Waverly, Otsego, St. Michael, Albertville, and Rockford. His district has generally voted Republican in his seat which is also represented in Washington by Republican COngresswoman Michelle Bachman. His main opponent is the Democrat-Farm and Labor (DFL or Democrats) Mark Dayton. Emmer is promoting job creation, tax cuts, government reform, and education reform. He has received the endorsements of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and current Minnesota Representative Michelle Bachman. Emmer and Dayton are both seeking the seat of outgoing Governor Tim Pawlenty. Pawlenty’s name has been mentioned as a possible candidate for President in 2012 and an Emmer victory could help bolster Pawlenty’s chances.
Famous Politicians are no stranger to Montrose. Three miles to the west is the town of Waverly which was the home of Former US Senator and Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey. The local voters have two candidates to chose from. With the economy being uncertain and unemployment rates at a higher than wanted level, people are looking for leaders to help spur the economy and promote job growth especially in the private sector. Tom Emmer and Scott Czanstkowski appear to be two choices to bring these changes about.