SPICER -- Spicer mayor candidate Denny Baker says he's running for office to "bring integrity back" to the city government and make city hall a more comfortable place for citizens.
A man with many years of public service, Baker says the community is tired of the lack of integrity and progress within city hall.
"I don't technically like, and the community isn't real happy with, the goings-on that we've seen in the last two years, so basically I would like to straighten that out," Baker said.
"The city government, in my eyes, has been going down and not building up."
Baker, who is the owner of Baker Printing in Spicer, said he is most concerned with the working environment at city hall. Last week, the City Council hired a mediator to resolve numerous concerns within Spicer's city government. Baker said the city staff and city council need to get back to working together to develop an "easier flow of business."
Resolving the issues within city hall will be a tough task that "nobody can ensure," Baker said. A city council has to work collectively with its city staff, Baker said, and a "better climate" must be created between the two parties for the city to progress.
Baker brings a long resume of public service to this year's election. He is a former chairman of the Spicer Planning and Zoning Commission and a former chairman and cofounder of the city's Economic Development Authority. He was also Spicer's 2005 Citizen of the Year, sat on the Spicer Commercial Club and Economic Development Board of Directors and was director of the 2007 Kandiyohi County Fair.
Baker is also the chairman of the Green Lake Sanitary Sewer and Water District Commission and a member of the Kandiyohi County Fair Board and Minnesota State Fair Board of Managers.
"I've been involved with city government for 40 years because of my newspaper background and just being involved in many different civic committees and organizations," Baker said.
Through his public service, Baker said he has learned how committees and organizations operate, how to treat people in a respectful manner and how to work with people to improve a community or organization.