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Nesheim, Rubin in the running for Baxter City Council

Filings are closed and five candidates are in the running for two seats on the Baxter City Council.

Robert Nesheim

Nesheim believes running for office is his civic duty.

"And if I'm capable to run for office, that's something I would like to do," he said. "Being more involved in what's happening in the community is mainly what I'm doing it for."

An Army veteran who grew up on a farm near South Long Lake, Nesheim worked in a factory in St. Cloud for a time before going to automotive school and becoming a mechanic, from which he is now retired.

"I've always been involved in what's happening in politics," he said. "I've always been paying attention. I get in involved in campaigns and everything."

Though Nesheim doesn't yet have any particular issues he would like to tackle if elected, he is willing to put in the necessary work.

"If I would be elected," he said, "I would have to study everything that's going on to help Baxter continue going forward in a progressive manner."

Lori Rubin

Communication is the No. 1 priority for Rubin, who has been working with the public through her service on the city's long-range planning commission and said a lot of residents have questions about things going on in the city.

"I feel like I can be a voice for that, be kind of a liaison, if you will, because I do run into these people an awful lot," she said, noting she would like to see better communication among residents, business owners and the city.

Community involvement is a big part of life for Rubin, who has served on the board for Kids Against Hunger, as a district governor for the Brainerd Sertoma Club, as a chamber ambassador, on the Governor's Fishing Opener Committee and on the board for Kinship Partners. She is currently the co-chair for the Great Plains Regional Sertoma Convention that will be in Baxter this year.

Previously an account executive for Consolidated Telephone Company, Rubin now works as an agent for Fiducia Benefits Group.

Rubin said she wants to encourage residents to participate in city matters by making them aware of open commission positions they can fill.

"I want people to know that I'm very open to hearing their concerns," she said. "And I want them to feel like the city is willing to work with them and understand their concerns and address them."

Connie Lyscio, Mary Marana and Zach Tabatt are also in the running for the council seats.

Theresa Bourke

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