Lakeville Mayor announces re-election bid
Lakeville Mayor Mark Bellows announced his bid for a second term today.
Bellows said in a press release that he is running for another term because there has been an “overwhelming number of residents who asked me to serve again and to be a voice for the conservative values of this community.”
Bellows’ first term has been an active one. Of his accomplishments, he specified the formation of the Financial Advisory Board, the positive outcomes of the Developer’s Forum and the development of a business marketing strategy that would attract new businesses and grow existing ones.
So far, only one challenger has announced a run for Bellows’ seat. Council Member Matt Little declared his mayoral candidacy in November 2011 and has raised more than $13,000. Bellows has not been as active in his fundraising efforts, though Little’s amount does not worry him.
“I’m not too concerned about fundraising,” he told Sun Thisweek.
In his press release, Bellows cited former Lakeville Mayor Robert Johnson and former Dakota County Sheriff and Lakeville Police Chief Don Gudmundson as supporters.
“Mark is a reflection of Lakeville’s values and he is a principled leader,” Johnson said in the release. “He is a proven fiscal conservative who understands the sanctity of the taxpayer’s dollar.”
In the press release, Gudmundson referred to Bellows as a “selfless servant to this community both in his role as an elected official and in his long-standing role as chaplain for the police department.”
Bellows was first elected to the Council in 2000. He was elected mayor in 2010. Mayoral terms are two years in Lakeville, whereas council seats are four years.
Outside of his elected role, Bellows is a pastor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at Hope Community Church in Lakeville. He is also the Director of Lakeville Police Chaplaincy Services.