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Voter's Guide: City of Aitkin

Aitkin City Council Member—Special Election

Annie Root

Age: 29.

Occupation: Property manager.

Public office experience: None.

Why are you the best candidate for the job? Don't talk about it, be about it. As a fourth-generation citizen, I want to see our city flourish. After graduating college, I homesteaded in Aitkin, but there are issues I feel need to be addressed. With the population of over 2,000, almost a quarter are living at or below poverty level. This is unacceptable, but improvable. Opportunities for upward mobility, fiscal growth of our citizens is paramount to my campaign. My youth, experience, determination is what will help us lift our citizens up and allow Aitkin to be shining example of what shared love of a community can do.

Erin Wagner

Age: 32.

Occupation: Clinic coordinator at the Eyecare Centers of Aitkin and McGregor.

Public office experience: None.

Why are you the best candidate for the job? My husband, Derek, and I are raising our two daughters here in Aitkin (they are the fifth generation of Wagners in Aitkin) and therefore I have vested interest in the community's success. I have served on the Aitkin Women of Today Board for the past four years (two terms as secretary, a term as vice-president, and currently state delegate) and on Friends of the Rice Lake NWR Board (as treasurer and social media manager) for the past five years. My husband also serves as an Aitkin volunteer firefighter.