ALBERT LEA, Minn. - Current Mayor Vern Rasmussen led the Primary Election poll with 47.09% of the vote, followed by George Marin with 43.11%.
With healthcare being one of the most pertinent issues in Albert Lea, KIMT wanted to find out what other important issues the candidates think Albert Lea is facing.
Mayor Rasmussen is also currently a physical therapist at Mayo Clinic Health Systems. To him, a critical issue is attracting people to come and stay in Albert Lea. "We got to maintain our taxes. We got to make sure they're at a level peopel can really live the lives they want to lead in an affordable type of way," he explains. "We need to try to beautify our community to make sure we really bring the needs they need for their families or their businesses."
George Marin is a pastor at Grace Christian Church and a former city council member. To Marin, supporting and developing local businesses is a pertinent issue the city is facing. "There's a disconnect between City Hall and the business community," he says. "We have some phenomenal businesses here, some great manufacturing going on here in Albert Lea and we need to go back and win the heart of our local business community."
With 9.8% of the vote, John Severtson will not be in the November ballot. He is chair of the Housing and Redevelopment Authority board, a former city council member, and a U.S. Marines veteran.
Rasmussen and Marin will go head to head on the November ballot.