Two vie to become Mayor of Marquette


By Audrey Posten


On Tuesday, Nov. 5, Marquette voters will head to the polls to choose the city’s next mayor. Voters will choose between Larry Breuer and the incumbent, Norma Mason.


At the request of the North Iowa Times, each candidate answered three questions about their decision to run, as well as what they hope to accomplish. 


Norma Mason, Mayoral Incumbent—


Q: Why are you running for re-election?

A: “We have some projects that are not yet completed. I have the background on those and I’d love to see those finished.”


Q: What do you hope to accomplish or work toward if you are re-elected?

A: “We’d like to see a shelter built opposite from the casino that can be used on rainy days or for parties or picnics. 


“We’d also like to get some senior housing. We’ve talked about it for three years, but we have to find a suitable location, even if we have to buy property—whatever it takes. We’d like to bring in a professional or consultant who can say, ‘This spot is better for these reasons.’ That’s part of a comprehensive plan. Citizens wanted a community center and they got it.


“We also have some access roads getting blacktopped, so we need to plan and budget for those.”


Q: What should voters know about you as a person and/or  an elected official when they head to the polls?

A: “This is my third term, so hopefully people have seen my goal to be consistent. Some ordinances have hurt some people and made others happy, but I hope people see I’ve been fair and honest with them. I have no hidden agenda.


“I’d also like to see more people ask questions and come to city hall instead of relying on rumors.”


Larry Breuer, Mayoral Candidate—


Q: Why did you decide to run for the mayor of Marquette?

A: “I want to work for the needs and things that are beneficial to all in Marquette. I’ve been here long enough to know I can see the improvements that need to be made.”


Q: What do you hope to accomplish or work toward if you are elected?

A: “The number one thing is getting a bridge over the railroad tracks. There are safety issues. If there was a derailment or hazardous waste spill, we wouldn’t be able to evacuate people off the bench. A bridge would be a huge asset to everyone. Because people have to wait for the trains, the loss of productivity is huge. People have talked about it, but no one’s ever really pursued it.


“I would also like to deal with business investors and see the town get more businesses. There are a lot of idle properties and properties up for sale. I would like to take that property and lay out a plan and come up with ideas that work to get cash flow. A 10-year return on their investment is what people want. I’ve done a lot with businesses, so I have that experience.”


Q: What should voters know about you as a person and/or an elected official when they head to the polls?

A: “I’m easygoing and I like to get involved. I would like to see more people coming to the city council meetings and feel welcomed. Right now, there’s a lack of communication and people don’t know what’s going on. I would like to see free coffee and donuts a half hour before meetings so that people could get to know the council members.”


Check out next week’s issue of the North Iowa Times for interviews with the seven candidates running for three city council seats.

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