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Knapp village president candidate: Mark Berg

KNAPP  —  Two candidates will be on the April 7 ballot for village president in Knapp.

Incumbent Village President Ron Finder decided not to run for re-election.

The two candidates on the ballot will be Mark Berg and Matt Friest.

Mark Berg, 47, is a resident of Main Street in Knapp and is employed by the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

The Glenwood City Tribune sent out questionnaires to the candidates.

Here are Berg’s answers to the questionnaire:

• What is your educational background?

High school graduate, trade school, and numerous career training courses.

• Why did you decide to run for village president in Knapp?

I believe in community involvement, and I have been approached by several citizens to represent the town again.

• What aspects of your background make you particularly suited for serving as Knapp’s village president?

In the military, I have been taught the importance of leadership, and in my career, I have held the position of supervisor numerous times. I have also been a member of the Knapp Village Board.

• What issues do you see as being the most important for Knapp?

I would like to see the increased success of businesses in Knapp, and I would like to create new business partnerships. I would continue to maintain and improve assets within the village.

• What issues do you hope to bring to the Knapp Village Board?

I want to promote community involvement with the reintroduction of community events and programs.

• What ideas do you have for increasing revenue or decreasing spending?

I’d like to promote business partnerships and examine all village spending to ensure the funds are being spent appropriately.

• Other comments?

I am an honest, hard working family man who believes in the importance of giving back to the community. I will represent the citizens of Knapp with respect, honesty and integrity.