Lino Lakes City Council Candidates
There are four candidates for the two open City Council seats in Lino Lakes in 2013.
About Me: Bill Kusterman, age 52, lives in Lino
Lakes with his wife Sharyn and their 4
Lindsey, Sydney and Halle.
Bill and his family have made their home in Lino Lakes
for the past 17 years. For the past 12 years, Bill has served as a member of
the Lino Lakes Park Board.
Bill is an Executive Director in the Minneapolis office of Ernst & Young (“EY”)
where he has worked for over 22 years. He specializes in state and local income
taxation and assists corporations, pass-through entities, and individuals with
multi-state income/franchise tax compliance and planning.
Bill graduated from the University
of St. Thomas in 1983 and received His
MBT from the Carlson School of Management - University of Minnesota
in 1999. Bill is also a member of the
State and Local Tax Section of the Minnesota Society of Certified Public
Important Issues: I believe that all Lino Lakes
development should be thoughtful,
responsible and considerate of the common good of the community. City-friendly commercial development should
occur in just a few select areas of Lino
The environment of
Lino Lakes is sacred. Our lakes, parks and our trails, in
conjunction with the Anoka
regional park system and its trails are unparalleled. I’m not interested in degrading the quality
of our environment.
reconstruction is an important issue. We need to determine whether we as a City
want to have our elected officials exercise representative government with
respect to road construction issues.
The City has done a great job financially over the past several years of adjusting to the
difficult economic times. The City has
done so while improving its Moody’s rating four times in the last 10 years and
lowering taxes every year for the last 4 years.
Political Philosophy: Government works best when it doesn’t try to be all things
for all people. Many of society’s
problems are the result of well-intentioned government programs that have
created dependency and a sense of entitlement.
Government exists to protect and serve its citizenry, e.g., to offer
police and fire protection among other things.
Government has a role in assuring equal opportunities. It does not exist to pick winners and losers
and to equalize outcomes.
I believe that serving as an elected official is a vocation,
not an occupation. We should all seek to
serve not for ourselves but for what is truly in the best interest of the
common good. I ask that you vote for me
to be your next Lino Lakes City Council member so that I can serve you for the
next 4 years.
Endorsements: None listed
About Me: Melissa Maher is running for Lino Lakes City Council. She is married to Patrick Maher, her spouse
of 21 years and they have two boys; Calen, a graduate from Centennial High
School and Nolan, a fifth grader at Rice Lake Elementary. Melissa grew up in Roseville and Patrick in
Moundsview. She was a Planning
Commissioner in Falcon Heights for six years prior to moving to Lino Lakes in
2004. Melissa spent three years as a
Lino Lakes Charter Commissioner and continues to actively support our
Melissa is an attorney. She attended Hamline University
School of Law, graduating in 2002. Fresh
from law school she opened her own firm, initially doing employment law, gradually
moving into family law. Looking for a
change of pace, Melissa gave up her private practice this
year and began working for the firm of Lockridge, Grindal & Nauen in
Community outreach is important to Melissa and she has
devoted time most recently to volunteer for the Children’s Law Center of MN,
Second Harvest Food Shelf and Homeline Tenant Hotline. Her hope is to devote more of her time to
this community by serving as one of your councilmembers.
Important Issues: The most important issue to me is the quality of life for
families in Lino Lakes.
This community has both urban and rural characteristics, which
contribute to the overall wholesome feel of living here. I believe these factors draw people to this
community. I love the fact that there
are working farms close to my home. Our
Comprehensive Plan for the city moving towards 2020 calls for certain amounts
and types of growth. Growth is important
for economic reasons; however, too much growth too fast could be detrimental to
the urban yet still rural feel of this community, which would detract greatly
from what many people love about Lino
Lakes. Another important issue is that our governing
bodies not only represent our citizens, but be representative of our
citizens. I feel that city council
members should be representative of our community’s population to most
effectively represent us as citizens.
Political Philosophy: Government, even on the smaller municipal levels, should be
composed of citizens working for and with other citizens. Governing bodies need to be transparent and
inclusive of the citizens in their activities.
As an attorney, I hold myself to a high standard of conduct, and I
believe those in politics should too.
We need less politics and more community. Governments have forgotten who they work for,
and why. I have witnessed municipal
government working with the best interests of their communities at heart, and I
have witnessed municipal government using distraction techniques and blatant
dishonesty trying to convince the public they were working for their good when
in reality it was the farthest from it.
I believe in the power of community.
My political philosophy is that governing bodies are there to help and
guide communities. If you are not part
of the solution, you are part of the problem.
Endorsements: None listed.
About Me: Rob
attended Moorhead State University on a Track scholarship and through an
adjoining program at NDSU began under-graduate studies in Architecture before
transferring to The University of Minnesota.
He’s been apart of Rafferty Rafferty Tollefson Lindeke Architects a
national recognized Architectural firm since 1978. He currently is Director of IT/IS services and
is a minority owner for this firm that was established 1961. This year, Rob and his wife Amy celebrate
their 24th anniversary. They
have 2 children, James (21) and Julia (19) and a dog named Dakota. They have lived in the Pheasant Hills
Preserve Community for over 16yrs.
Rafferty is running for re-election to the City of Lino Lakes City Council.
Community involvement includes:
3yrs - Coaching,
4yrs - Treasurer,
Pheasant Hills Preserve Home Association
2yrs - Member
EDAC Committee, City of Lino
2yrs - Member
of the Charter Commission, City of Lino
8yrs - Member/Vice
Chair/Chair Planning & Zoning Committee, City of Lino
Member of the Lino Lakes City Council
1yr - Acting Mayor for the City of Lino Lakes
4yrs - Member
of the VLAWMO Board of Directors
Important Issues: We again
need to revitalize our marketing efforts for our City as the economy begins its
recovery. And as a recovery of the
economy begins, we too will begin again attracting businesses to the community
as we market the assets that surround us all.
With a recovery, we can again begin to enrich and enhance our current tax
must constantly strive for the Quality of a development over Quantity of a development. Simply put, a development plan - for land,
isn’t about second chances. We must
continually treat the land within the city with respect and put assets of a
quality development back.
Political Philosophy: We need to begin
to expand on the horizons of the City, yet stand ground for the issues that are
most important for the City of Lino Lakes and its residents. Always strive for Quality of a development
over Quantity of development in order to protect the assets of the City. It’s about respecting what we have and making
sure as things develop - they do so to properly enhance the City to age gracefully
and withstand the true test of time.
Endorsements: None listed