MARISA AGHA, Pioneer Press
July 10, 2003

A political newcomer to Roseville on Wednesday became the third candidate to file for mayor.

Tammy Pust (pronounced "poost"), a St. Paul attorney, said she wants a city government that "is responsive to citizens' needs."

"I'm running because Roseville really needs a new mayor," Pust said. "We need to have some positive change here. ... I really think that I represent a new perspective."

Pust, 45, is a former assistant commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Education and a former assistant state attorney general. She stressed her experience in managing public funds and community leadership, including volunteer work for Roseville Area Schools. She said her fiscal background would come in handy as the city considers budget cuts in the next year.

Pust moved to Roseville in 1988. She holds bachelor's degrees in English and business from Concordia College in Moorhead and a law degree from the University of Minnesota.

Pust joins current Council Members Craig Klausing and Tom Kough in the race.

Mayor John Kysylyczyn has not yet announced whether he plans to run again.

The filing period ends at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The mayoral primary election, which will trim the field to two candidates, will be Sept. 9.

Author: MARISA AGHA, Pioneer Press

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