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Recap on Roseville City Council Candidates

Seven vying in Tuesday's primary election. Four to advance to general election.

During the past few weeks, Roseville Patch has run stories on each of the seven candidates running for the City Council.

The seven people seeking election to two four-year terms are: Jason Etten, Liane Gale, Bill Hoffman, Lisa Laliberte, Gerry McDonald, Karen Schaffer and Peter Strohmeier.

The top four vote getters advance to November's general election. Here are links to the stories on each of the candidates:

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Tony Nickelsen August 13, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Sleazy Parent 623!!! Lets stick to talking about candidate issues instead of made up finance reporting!
Mark Ryan August 13, 2012 at 12:17 PM
It concerns me is that we clearly have some candidates who have chosen not to file reports. I don’t think the law prohibits a candidate from filing a report if they do not exceed the $750 threshold? A couple of the candidates have spent money on their campaigns and made a choice not to file reports. In reviewing online posts from McDonald, he has stated that he has distributed 1000 business cards. I have spotted at least one McDonald yard sign near Hamline and B2. Regardless if a campaign is self-financed, I’d like to know where these materials come from. For example, are the campaign signs and business cards from a local shop? Did they come from a non-union or union shop? I find these reports to be a very good indicator of the type of person seeking office. If some candidates choose to conceal this information, that’s fine, they just won’t get my support.
B. Martin August 13, 2012 at 06:17 PM
These kinds of issues and comments also partly contribute to discouraging good people from running for office.
Gerald McDonald August 14, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Mark, I would have filed the report had I have been in Minnesota at the time, I was traveling back from Nevada and could not quite make it. I have nothing to hide in my campaign. I purchased the signs through a former co-worker at the printing company that I used to work for called Modernistic, INC. Modernistic could not offer me a competitive price because the job was too small, but referred me and that is how I had my signs made. Modernistic is not a union shop, but they were one of the best employers I have ever had and I still have lunch with my old boss after 8 years since I left employment there. My cards I bought online, and that was also a referral from a friend that is a graphic artist and does the art work for other people. I chose a graphic that the printing company had in stock to reduce costs. I currently have collected contributions totaling $0, and that number will not change. I am beholden to no one outside of the voters and my own conscience. I have spent $5 to register for office, $68.23 for the business cards, and $629.16 for the signs and stands for a grand total of $702.39.
Gerald McDonald August 14, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Very true B. Martin! I thought I was prepared for the acrimony from some of the people, and for the most part I am. I have "won over" several people by taking the time to discuss their grievances, but there are some people that will never be satisfied with anything no matter what. It has been an experience worthy of the effort though, and I would do it again just for the opportunity to talk to the people I never would have met otherwise!

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