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Letter to the Editor: Dave Thompson Supports Bellows for Mayor

Dave Thompson: "I support Mayor Bellows because he has the right vision for those of us who make our home in Lakeville."

To the editor,

I am writing this letter in support of Lakeville Mayor Mark Bellows for re-election. His public service record, impeccable credentials, and commitment to fiscal prudence make him by far the best choice.

Mayor Mark Bellows has a distinguished public service record. He has served as police chaplain for 22 years. He served ten years on the City Council before being elected Mayor in 2010. He is a pastor and counselor as well. These activities all demonstrate the Mayor’s commitment to individuals in need and to public service. He is well qualified for the job, as he has demonstrated over the last two years.

But of course credentials and passion are not the most important characteristics for a leader. I support Mayor Bellows because he has the right vision for those of us who make our home in Lakeville. Our residents are looking for public servants who understand the need to restrain spending and regulation, and keep taxes low. That is why the other two candidates for Mayor are portraying themselves as fiscal conservatives. Let me give you two examples that demonstrate the Mayor’s care for the taxpayer and dedication to good government.

The City’s Capital Investment Plan recently included a recommendation to buy $3.5 million in land to be used for municipal liquor expansion.  Mayor Bellows believed that a cost-benefit analysis should be done to determine whether such an expansion was wise.  The evaluation was done, and it was determined that Lakeville had slightly more liquor store square footage than could be justified by the population.   Therefore, such an expansion was premature and could cut into profitability.  Critics of the Mayor have attempted to use this series of events to portray him as “anti-municipal liquor.”   Of course the Mayor’s position on this issue was prudent, and in no way reflected a bias against municipal liquor.  It was obviously better to spend a relatively small amount of money to make a good decision, than to commit millions of dollars to a project that should not be done at all.  As former presidential candidate Ross Perot likes to say, “Measure twice, cut once.”

Second, the City had an opportunity to contract out its electrical inspection services to the private sector.  Finance Director Dennis Feller said that such a move could save the taxpayers up to $90,000 over two years.  The Mayor strongly supported this change.  Only Councilman Matt Little voted against it.  Why would anyone vote against it?  Perhaps that question is easily answered if you look at the sources of Mr. Little’s campaign contributions.

Mayor Bellows has always done what he believes is right for our City.  His twelve-year record is clear.  Please vote for Mark Bellows on November 6th.

Dave Thompson, State Senator, Lakeville

Matt F October 31, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Jesse...Calling people idiots because you don't agree with their opinions is pathetic. Carlson, perpich and dayton can have their own opinions as well. I don't think you can say we don't have any voter fraud. You honestly do not know. You don't watch every polling precinct all day long. Stop with the personal attacks and grow up.
Charlie Gerk October 31, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Actually Minnesota leads the nation in voter fraud convictions, that is a fact look it up. http://lmgtfy.com/?q=who+leads+the+nation+in+voter+fraud+convictions%3F
jessewicks October 31, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Hello Matt... Throw a stick into a pack of yelping dogs and the one that gets hit, yelps the loudest! Thats you. Any yes, being an election judge in the past, I've made it my business to know how little vote fraud exists. The GOP only did this to eliminate same day voter registration which limits the peoples ability to vote. When less people vote, the GOP tends to prevail. Don't think thats true? Well look at the fact that it's only the GOP that is proposing this in every state that its on the ballot. So again... wake the he_l up!!!
Harvey Simpson October 31, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Jesse, I think it is safe to assume that you are a bleeding heart liberal and listen to anything and everything MSNBC tells you. Do you find it concerning that we live in a liberal leaning state but the majority of the population is supporting the Voter ID amendment. Our liberal newspapers that conduct these polls are even showing stronger support for the Voter ID amendement. You routine tell people on these comment boards to wake the Hel! up but I think it is time your YOU to wake up and realize your views are of the minority on this topic and you should stand down and go update your facebook page with more Obama photos.
reallyguy November 01, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Take a look at all of the candidates for city office financial reports. http://www.scribd.com/LocalTransparency

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