Hansen enters NR council race as write-in candidate
Although he won’t officially be on the April 3 ballot for the New Richmond City Council election, New Richmond resident Daniel Hansen has filed write-in candidate paperwork for District 4, which encompasses Wards 7 and 8.
Hansen, who said he filed the forms Friday morning, will be running against incumbent Mike Montello.
“I gave it a lot of thought and I decided to file because none of the city council races are contested. When that happens, it means that things will get stagnant and I think that is never a good thing,” Hansen said. “I follow city government closely and I’ve seen the rules of order be disregarded and the way things have been going is an embarrassment to me. I’d like to see things on the city council be done in a better matter.”
Hansen is also seeking re-election to St. Croix County Board, where he is being challenged by Montello.
Hansen said he did not file for the council seat before the regular deadline because, at the time, he wasn’t sure if he would have the time to do a good job.
“Once I saw that none of the races were contested, I grew concerned. I knew that I could either complain from the sidelines and not actually accomplish anything or go out and run in the hopes of being elected and make some changes,” Hansen said.
When Hansen began to canvass people in his ward, which include his St. Croix County Board constituents in District 12, he said he found that other people had the same deep concerns with the city government as he did.
“I understand it is a slim chance that I will win, but if I win, I know I am fully capable of being a good council member and working with the other members to make the city better,” Hansen said. “If I lose, I hope my running can be taken as a statement to others that we need to run in these races to make sure that our local government doesn’t get stagnant and that public doesn’t become uninterested.”
The main drawback Hansen sees about not filing to be an official candidate on the ballot is that he will not have the time to speak on the issues as he would like.
“I have not done enough research into the current issues the board is dealing with to go out and give anything but half answers that would not be worth giving. I am not uninformed, but I don’t want to make a statement without knowing fully what is going on and how I would deal with it,” Hansen said. “I think that my opponent has done a lot of good things and I do appreciate the positive role he has played over the years. With all of that said, I do feel like I’m the better candidate at this point.”