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Austin mayoral candidate: Tom Stiehm

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Occupation: U.S. Marine, UPS driver, postal clerk, deputy sheriff in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. Joined the Austin Police Department in 1976, detective in 1989 assigned Southeast Minnesota Drug Task Force, 1990 to retirement in 2006, Mayor of Austin 2007 to present.

Family:Wife Sarah, son Michael Stiehm, daughter Christine Stiehm, stepdaughter Nicole Fix and six grandchildren: Chase, Mia, Joey, Gannon, Hudson and Sutton.

Favorite activities:Motorcycling, camping, canoeing, hunting, walking my two dogs.

Previous public office, volunteer activities or professional activities that might help you in office:I have been president of the police officers union, president of the police supervisors union, on the board of directors for LELS law enforcement labor services, board of directors Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, involved in Vision 2020, Austin Rotary Club.

THREE QUESTIONS

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What are the biggest challenges facing the city of Austin now and for the near future?

The budget and taxes should always be the primary concern of city government.

What do you want residents to know about how you would work with the city council regarding the city budget and tax levy?

A mayor must work with the council. Together they must find out from citizens what they want and deliver it in the most cost-effective manner.

What makes you stand out as the best candidate for mayor?

My background, I have always worked in a team environment: Marines and police. I bring this to the council. As a police officer, I have seen every aspect of Austin.

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