CANDIDATE JOINS MAYOR'S RACE - INCREASING PUBLIC INPUT MCGEHEE'S PRIORITY
NANCY NGO, Pioneer Press
July 12, 2003

An outspoken resident at Roseville City Council meetings is the fourth person to file for the mayoral race.

Tam McGehee, who has spoken before the City Council on several occasions -- often asking that the council give advance notification to residents and include more citizen input before taking votes -- filed for the Roseville's top elected post on Friday.

She is an active member of the Roseville Citizens Council for Fair and Open Government, a group that has called for the resignation of Mayor John Kysylyczyn. McGehee also has been a vocal critic of the scope of the city's renovation project for its public safety and public works facilities.

"I felt that our government was not terribly inclusive or consulting citizens," McGehee said about why she is running. "I feel you get community by getting citizens involved."

She is also known to write letters to the editor in local publications to comment on city issues.

McGehee, 58, said now that her children are grown, she has more time for public service. She was active in Roseville's Vista 2000, a group of citizens studying different aspects of the community, including transportation, housing and the environment. She is also a volunteer at Presbyterian Homes.

McGehee has a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's degree from Brown University in Rhode Island.

Also running for mayor are council members Craig Klausing, Tom Kough as well as political newcomer Tammy Pust.

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

The filing period ends at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The mayoral primary election on Sept. 9 will whittle the field to two.

Nancy Ngo can be reached at nngo@pioneerpress.com.

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