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Former council member Marana up for Baxter seat

Mary Marana

Five candidates are on the ballot for two open spots on the Baxter City Council.

Mary Marana, who previously served on the council for 12 years ending in 2002, thinks the city needs something different.

"I think sometimes there needs to be a change," she said. "The way things are looked at, a different set of eyes, maybe some past experience that has worked well."

Though no specific issues are on Marana's agenda this time around—she wants to work for the good of the city, she said.

"I don't think there's just one issue," she said. "I just think my agenda is the overall growth and development of the city that is good for the businesses and the residents."

Along with her previous tenure on the council, Marana served on the Industrial Park Board and the committee to draft a new suicide prevention plan for the state. Now working as the executive director of the Crisis Line and Referral Service, Marana is also a member of the Baxter Lions Club, Brainerd Noon Sertoma Club, Lakes Area Law Enforcement Association and Lakewood Evangelical Church. She is a 32-year resident of Baxter.

"I hope that people remember that I am very transparent and approachable and willing to listen to concerns," Marana said.