Three vying for Cloquet Mayor's seat: Meet the Candidates

By KBJR News 1

August 11, 2014 Updated Aug 11, 2014 at 6:44 PM CDT

Cloquet, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- For Mayor Bruce Ahlgren...

"I've been the Mayor for 16 years now," said Mayor Bruce Ahlgren.

It's the chance at one more term. Ahlgren has run unopposed the last three terms and says he worked hard over the last ten years to bring 325 thousand dollars in Local Government Aid back to Cloquet.

"These are earmarked for certain projects and I want to make certain that those projects don't change and that we continue in this direction so I'm really asking for one more term so I can fulfill my wishes and dreams for the community," said Ahlgren.

Challenger, 50-year old David Hallback, is a lifelong Cloquet resident. He's married with five kids. He recently retired after 27 years with the Cloquet Police Department. Hallback says, if elected, he will tackle economic development and work hard to bring a drug prevention and education program back into the schools.

"I'm very passionate and have a lot of pride in Cloquet. I think I can bring a new energy, which Cloquet might need at this time," said Challenger David Hallback.

Challenger number two is Mark Goad. He's a Desert Storm Vet, who moved to Cloquet eight years ago. He's 47 years old and married with five kids. He quit his trucking job to help his wife, who has M-S, run her home daycare. He is running for Mayor of Cloquet in hopes of bringing attention to issues like housing, streets, and taxes.

"I wanted to help my community out, and help people surrounding me in my community and try to better it.," said Mark Goad.

All three candidates agreed that rental housing and economic development are important issues they would address if elected Mayor.
Two of these candidates will emerge to face off in November. In Cloquet,

Cloquet is one of three communities in our coverage area with mayoral races in the primary.

Ely and Buhl will also narrow their races to two candidates for Mayor tomorrow.