10/29/2013 11:14:00 AM Tim Tjosaas runs for father's seat on county board
By Tara Lindquist
Kasson Mayor Tim Tjosaas has filed to run for the board of commissioner seat that was held by his father.
The special election will be held on February 4, for the seat that was held by the late Lyle Tjosaas. During the last election, Lyle had asked Tim what his future plans were, if he was going to continue to run for mayor of Kasson after this election or if he was thinking of doing something different.
"My dad was going to be eighty, he had said this would be his last election, his last term as a county commissioner." Tim had decided to run for his father's seat on the board, after his two-year term was up. His father passed away on August 28 leaving his county board seat vacant. Under state statute, a special election must be held to fulfill his term. "It's only ten months after the election takes place," Tim says. "So it's not a long term, but it gives whoever is elected a chance to get an understanding of what is going on in the county and how the board works," he said.
Tim has been mayor of Kasson for four years and sat on the city council for seven years before that. During his time as mayor he has dealt with several controversial issues like road construction projects, the 1918 Kasson School and now the possible development of Lions Park.
"I've learned the importance of communication," he said. "I wish I would have worked harder before at communicating with the citizens of Kasson to keep them informed on what was going on in the city." He said he has taken steps to better communicate with citizens by using social media, writing a mayor's memo every month and working with local media.
If elected to serve on the county commissioner board he will serve in much the same way that he has for the city of Kasson. "I'll look at what the board is doing now, what they've done in the past and if there's a better more efficient way," he explained. "I think it's important to always keep ideas open as we face having to do more with the same amount of money as before." Tim points out that Dodge County had an overall 10% growth rate between 2000-2010 and with the DMC project in Rochester he foresees the county continuing to grow at a rapid speed. "We're in a unique position as a county," he said. "We're very much a rural county, but we're classified as a suburban county, so it's important to me to keep Dodge County's rural and agricultural dynamic as well as accommodate the growth."
He added it's important to make sure that the farmers can do their job and remain profitable with zoning requirements while at the same time be respectful of rural subdivisions. "I don't want to see Dodge County loose it's rural nature, we have to make sure we keep the balance as we struggle with growth," he continued. "A lot of good things do happen here and can happen here with growth, I just want to make sure that the balance is made to accommodate the growth as well as the farmers."
The district that this county commissioner seat represents is the city of Kasson Central-North of Main Street/County Highway 34 or East Veteran's Memorial Highway and south of 16th street. The election will be held at Kasson-Mantorville High School from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on February 4.
Jerry Berg has also filed to run for the vacant seat a story on his candidacy will be in an upcoming issue of the Star Herald.