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Michael Mayer: Republican for Mitchell County District 4

Oct 08, 2020 03:44PM ● By Savannah Howe
Mike Mayer, of rural Stacyville, is running as a Republican in the Fourth District of the Mitchell County Board of Supervisors, which encompasses Stacyville and the rural areas surrounding. He is contested by current supervisor Independent Stan Walk, Democrat Bruce Biederman and Independent Keith Pitzen.

On the primary election ballot in June, Mayer ran uncontested and won the District 4 seat with 137 votes. 

Mayer feels that Mitchell County is ready for a change, as evident by the vote to move from three supervisors to five. He decided to run for the District 4 seat after serving on the redistricting committee. 

“I’m willing to do a good job for Mitchell County. I want to be part of the solution,” said Mayer. 

The candidate said that some of the unique challenges that Stacyville faces compared to other communities in Mitchell County are its lower population numbers and relatively high expenses. 

“They did the water tower, redoing the water mains, doing some digging... those are some problems,” he said. 

The candidate said he supports tax increment financing (TIF) usage, if it’s used in the right away. 

“I think it’s a good tool to have. A lot of people think it’s been abused, but I think it’s a good tool that has its place,” continued Mayer, “for certain projects.” He said that road maintenance, while important, should be prioritized within the county’s budget before utilizing TIF funds. The Stacyville native feels that the county has been doing a good job maintaining the infrastructure department, but that some roads have been unnecessarily paved. “I don’t know that any department should borrow money outside of their budget.”

Mayer said that the recycling of soda and beer cans is a good program to have. 

“‘If you do not waste, you will always have enough’ is what an old guy told me years ago. As far as the county goes... I think the state moratorium on returning cans expired in July, but nobody is doing it. I don’t have the answer, but I do think the recycling is good.”

Mayer has served as the Osage Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center’s building maintenance director for over 20 years; during that time, he’s developed skills in budgeting, numbers, hiring and firing, and critical thinking to solve problems.

“For over 20 years I have been in charge of building maintenance at a nursing home here in Osage, and before that at Adams Health Care Center in Adams, MN. A lot of the skills I use at my current job will be skills that I can use a supervisor,” said the candidate. He feels that the duties of a county official are similar to his current job duties, only on a larger scale. 

“I plan to help with the change,” said Mayer about his plans as a supervisor. “I just want to make practical decisions and try to save the taxpayers money to benefit everyone in the county.”