Laurie Rieb enters Lakeville mayoral race
Laurie Rieb, a 12-year Lakeville City Council member and one-time mayoral candidate, has announced she will challenge incumbent Mayor Mark Bellows and fellow Council Member Matt Little for the mayoral seat this November.
“I am proud to call Lakeville my home and I am excited to be running for mayor,” Rieb said in a press release today. “I have always made my decisions based on what is best for the community. I do not have any political machine behind me and I don’t represent special interest groups. I work for the voters of Lakeville.”
Rieb also served on the Planning Commission for six years in the 1990s. She has been acting mayor since 2006, a position that fills in for the mayor when he or she is not available to carry out the duties required of the position.
“I have been through the booming growth of the city, and also the economic downturn,” Rieb said. “Both have had their challenges. As the city starts to grow again, we have a great opportunity in front of us, and I want to help lead Lakeville into the future.”
Rieb said she has pushed for a community visioning process for the last two years, believing that the citizens of Lakeville need to have a greater voice in planning the future of their city.
“I believe in collaboration,” she said. “We need to work more closely with our three school districts, our neighboring cities, the county and the state to find ways that we can work together to maximize our resources and reduce costs for the citizens of Lakeville.”
Rieb last ran for mayor in 2006 against Holly Dahl.
Little and Bellows are, to date, the only other declared candidates for mayor. Little, a first-term council member elected in 2010, announced his run in November 2011. Bellows, a longtime council member before being elected mayor in 2010, announced his run for re-election this summer.
Rieb’s council term expires this year, so with her mayoral candidacy her current seat becomes an open one. This is a risk, but she said she felt 2012 was her year to run again for mayor.
“I’m in or I’m out,” she said in an interview with Sun Thisweek.
The filing period for city and school district offices ends at 5 p.m. on Aug. 14.