The June 12 city election will see five candidates vying for two City Commissioner seats vacated by George Dutton and Jon Wagar. This week, the T-R will interview all five candidates to provide a better look at those seeking office and their take on the issues facing Valley City. Going alphabetically, the third interviewee is candidate Arthur Friese.
Occupation: Currently employed at Pizza Corner, has held the position for five years
Education: VCHS graduate
Family: Wife Ashley, two kids and one on the way
Organizations: Treasurer of Community Action Headstart
Why do you want to be a City Commissioner? â€śI always felt interested in it. My grandpa has been a city commissioner, and he told me to go for it. Iâ€™d like to make the city stronger, and I think the roads should be done better.â€ť
What are the three biggest issues facing Valley City? â€śFlood protection and street repair, and how they assess the repairs.â€ť
What issues do you hope to address on the commission?
â€śDefinitely the streets and repairing some of the things theyâ€™ve talked about for several years, like the Rosebud parking lot. Iâ€™d like to get that going.â€ť
Post-election, what kind of tone would you set with your colleagues at City Hall and your fellow citizens?
â€śI donâ€™t like how they treat some of the people, with people getting kicked out of meetings. I think everybody should be able to voice their opinion without getting told to sit down or be quiet. I think we should listen to everybody, what they have to say in the community.â€ť
How would you best handle the streets or police/fire portfolios (vacated by Commissioners Dutton and Wagar)?
â€śI would have to take a little more time off of work, but my boss told me heâ€™d work around that. At home, Ashleyâ€™s home during the day, so that part wonâ€™t be a problem.â€ť
How would you handle the time commitment of being on the commission?
â€śProbably the street department, because I did (road) construction for several years with Border States Paving, so I know how that works.â€ť
Past experience with city government:
â€śI havenâ€™t been to any City Commission meetings, but Iâ€™ve watched the replays on TV. Iâ€™ve volunteered for the city with the School-to-Work program, but nothing with the city commission.â€ť