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Tribune Editorial: Re-elect Calvin for mayor, Ward 2 has good choices

Willmar voters have a clear choice in the race of mayor on Nov. 6 and two good options for the Ward 2 seat on the City Council. It is essential that voters make good decisions to keep Willmar moving in the proactive direction of recent years.

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Willmar voters have a clear choice in the race of mayor on Nov. 6 and two good options for the Ward 2 seat on the City Council. It is essential that voters make good decisions to keep Willmar moving in the proactive direction of recent years.

Willmar Mayor

Marv Calvin is seeking re-election to a second term. His opponent is Steve Peppin, a Willmar business person.

Calvin is undoubtedly the most qualified and the best choice.

The former fire chief, fire marshal and paramedic is a solid leader with proven management skills and a vision for the city. He is a consensus builder and is a confident communicator.

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Calvin is always striving and seeking improvements to make Willmar a “better place” for all of our residents. He works hard across the board for the city - from working with the City Council to facilitating city development to organizing council retreats to identify priorities.

Early in his first term, Calvin dealt with a problematic City Council that hindered city decisions and progress. With new council members and stabilizing the city administrator position, the mayor and City Council are now moving strategically with a purpose in positive directions.

During Calvin’s administration, business development has been growing, with new businesses along First Street and in the industrial park. There are retail and industrial projects under consideration for the city in 2019.

The mayor also strikes a good balance in seeking to improve our city infrastructure and parks, while investing in new amenities through public/private partnerships through appropriate funding sources.

Calvin brings a lot to the table, especially in city leadership. The West Central Tribune recommends voters re-elect Calvin to a second term as mayor to keep moving Willmar forward.


City Council Ward 2


Voters in Ward 2 have a choice between two individuals who both love Willmar and like each other. Most importantly, both candidates - Vicki Davis and Christina Nelson - like and support all the residents of Willmar, which would be positive for this seat.

Both candidates believe they have skills and understanding that is needed for this seat in Ward 2, which includes the majority of southwest Willmar.

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Davis has business skills from her family’s downtown coffee shop and the experience of running a large family, including grandchildren. Planning and organization are essential to her, she said.

Nelson has a degree in electrical engineering and has worked in web programming and development. Her career requires teamwork and proper planning, she said.

Both support the proposed local option sales tax that is also on the ballot. They believe it is vital to invest in the city and its amenities.

Each believes city priorities should include improvements in city streets, stormwater system, housing and child care. Both agree a new community center is needed and would like it to remain at the current location.

The two candidates like downtown Willmar and want it to remain vibrant. Both believe the city hall and auditorium facilities should remain downtown.

Both Davis and Nelson are sincere in their desire to serve the city of Willmar and collaborate with others in positively making decisions. Either would bring a refreshingly positive perspective to this Ward 2 seat.

The West Central Tribune believes both candidates would be a good choice as a city councilor in Willmar. Ward 2 voters have two qualified candidates to consider and can make the final decision.

This editorial is the opinion of the West Central Tribune’s Editorial Board of publisher Steve Ammermann and editor Kelly Boldan.

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