This is the fifth installment in a series introducing 2013 local election matchups.

Age: 66

Education: College degree

Occupation: Retired

Experience: None with city councils, but attended and participated in meetings

1. Why are you running for a position on local government?

Curiosity regarding the workings of our local government caused me to start going to the city council meetings. The more meetings attended, the more I realized I wanted to become a part of this decision making process.

2. What do you think the role of local government should be?

The local government is meant to ensure the safety and well being of all of its citizens, and to find ways to encourage growth and increased prosperity. It is also responsible for listening to suggestions for improvements from the people. If these suggestions are heard at the meetings or on the street, they should be discussed at the meetings. Complaints should also be handled in this manner.

3. What would be your goals if elected to a position on city government?

The most important one is to greatly improve communication with the local people and make it easier for them to give their opinions on pending decisions during the city council meetings or to a council member. Another goal is to some way make use of the elementary building that is to close next year. A possible solution would make it an attractive location and building for a new business. A third, and not the least, is to actually fix our streets, not just talk about fixing them.

4. What do you think is the greatest challenge facing your community at this time? How would you address that challenge?

Keeping this town alive with new businesses and making it attractive enough for people to reside here on a long-term basis. It will be a big challenge, and will involve forming a committee that will seek out small business possibilities and invite them to consider locating here. Another will be to maintain the pride we now have in our little city and make it even better by having streets that are not full of pot holes.