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City council candidate profile: Tracey Larsen

City council candidate profile: Tracey Larsen

Tracey Larsen would like to keep Spencer moving forward if he is elected to the city council.

Larsen is running for the Ward 3 seat on the council. The opening was created earlier this year when Steve Bomgaars resigned due to a move out of the ward.

“I feel like I want to make a difference and try to keep the town progressive and just a nice place to live,” Larsen said.


“There’s some things we’d like to address and update,” Larsen said. “I’m a believer in you can’t complain if you don’t run and try to make a difference.”

He said there is a lot to learn about serving on the council, but added that there are several things he’d like to help the city tackle if he is elected.

“There’s some things we’d like to address and update,” Larsen said. “I’m a believer in you can’t complain if you don’t run and try to make a difference.”


Those priorities include finding ways to keep young people from leaving Spencer and addressing the downtown area.

“There’s quite a few empty buildings,” he said.

Larsen would also like to push Spencer forward economically.


“Things aren’t real bad, but I just want to keep the forward progress, just keep everything going,” he said. “We’ve lost a lot of bigger businesses in the past. I just would like to keep what we have and keep the economic development going.”

Part of that, he added, is the city making an effort to support small businesses.

“I’ve been here 25 years as self-employed and, you know, it starts off small and small businesses can grow,” Larsen said. “Even if you get several small businesses with 10, 20 or 30 employees, I’d like to see a little more promotion on the smaller end, too, and not just on the big fish.”


Also on the ballot for Ward 3 is former Spencer Mayor Reynold Peterson. Whoever wins the election will carry out the remaining two years of Bomgaars’s term.

Here is who is on the ballot in other local elections. Voters head to the polls tomorrow.

Correction: An earlier version of this and one other article mistakenly swapped the names of candidates’ (running for separate council seats) during the editing process. As a result, quotes were misattributed. Both articles have been corrected. The Signal apologizes for the error.



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