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Mark Cross

Age: 52

Current employment: Architect, Master Scuba Diver Trainer and First Aid Instructor

Public office experience: Baxter City Council, 1998-2006, 2008-present, Architectural Review Commission, 2006-2008

What makes you the most qualified candidate for the post you¹re seeking?:

I am seeking re-election to the Baxter council. My work experience in the fields of Architecture, Engineering, Planning, Surveying, & Property Management makes me an ideal candidate for this office.

Working as an architect has taught me to think outside the box and hone my skills as a problem solver.

My job requires that I work with many different local units of government. This allows me to observe different approaches to many of the same issues we see here in Baxter.

If re-elected to the council, I will continue to offer my insight and honestly speak my mind.

Todd Holman

Age: 51

Employment: Program director for The Nature Conservancy

Public Office: Incumbent,  five years on the Baxter City Council.

Why are you the most qualified candidate for the position you’re seeking?:

Proven leadership, long-range planning experience, and collaborative problem solving all describe some of the attributes I have brought and hope to continue to bring to the Baxter City Council. Having worked and managed in county, municipal and the private sector I have a broad perspective and appreciation for connected processes that get projects and plans accomplished. These broad inter-community opportunities require long-range thinking and perserverance. I enjoy public service and listening to our residents, commercial and industrial economic interests to form balanced consensus on our delivery of services in a sustainable and affordable way.

Tom Hice 

Age: 40

Current employment: Sales Manager Nationstar Mortgage

Public office experience: None.

What makes you the most qualified candidate for the post you’re seeking?

I am a leader, a decision-maker and a successful businessman in Baxter. I am running for small business, community growth, and increase property values and to decrease taxes and permit fees. In Baxter we should have incentive to make our home or business a nicer place. Let’s make some changes and plan for the future and make Baxter the best place to live in the state of Minnesota.

Mari Holderness

Age: 63

Current employment: Retired.

What makes you the most qualified candidate for the post you're seeking?:

Even though I have no political experience I have always been interested in the political process. I have the qualities for a city council position. Those qualities are honesty, a sense of fairness, an open mind, a desire to make the city better and the willingness to work,

I have been on the finance council of my church for many years. I am very familiar with budgets and working within those budgets.

My 30 years as an insurance agent for AAA gave an appreciation of local businesses. It also gave me the ability to relate to people on every level

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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