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Tim Johnson letter: Peppin is right choice in Ward 2

Monday's newspaper article about the core values of Willmar School District's strategic plan offered some valuable lessons for evaluating the candidates in the Ward 2 City Council contest: "High Expectations -- Committing to excellence and achiev...

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Monday's newspaper article about the core values of Willmar School District's strategic plan offered some valuable lessons for evaluating the candidates in the Ward 2 City Council contest:

"High Expectations - Committing to excellence and achievement; Respect - Working hard for self and being nice to others; Perseverance - Overcoming challenges and setbacks; Responsibility - Doing the right thing, in the right way; Relationships - Being caring, connected, and engaged with others; Unity - Valuing our differences, with shared goals and vision."

Last year's Recall Ron (Christianson) campaign, in which Julie Asmus was a primary player, demonstrated the exact opposite of these core values. The effort was an object lesson of bad behavior and negativity, directed at a democratically elected representative whose election win she and many of her supporters were simply unwilling to accept.

The process clearly wasn't about "doing the right thing, the right way."

Julie Asmus's own campaign's website in essence states she "wants to help the city function civilly and with common sense," adding she "was tired of people laughing at Willmar." However, it was the ill-conceived, botched recall that made Willmar the butt of jokes around the state. And, Asmus's participation in the recall clearly demonstrates an inability to compromise with elected officials who don't see the world her way.

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The law of recall in our state is simple and easy to research. Yet Julie Asmus and the other members of the recall committee, which included a lawyer, failed to do their homework. That lack of leadership is unsatisfactory. The residents of Ward 2 must demand better.

Steve Peppin is the right choice for Ward 2. Unlike Julie Asmus, he has financed his campaign with his own money, demonstrating a clear desire to avoid entanglements with any special-interest groups. Peppin comes from humble beginnings, overcoming a variety of challenges, to successfully reinvent himself as an able, ambitious businessman, building a life for himself and his family here in Willmar. He will be responsive to all of the residents of Ward 2.

Tim Johnson

Willmar

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