Roseville's mayor files for council seat
Star Tribune 7/16/03 (Mary Lynn Smith)

Roseville's controversial mayor, John Kysylyczyn, is bowing out of that office but hopes to unseat Dean Maschka for the single council seat up for election this year.

Meanwhile, City Council Members Craig Klausing and Tom Kough will compete with three others for the mayor's seat in the Sept. 9 primary. Their council seats are not up for reelection and they can return to the council if they lose the mayor's race.

Kysylyczyn said he's taking on a new role as a full-time caregiver for his 4-month-old daughter and can't work the more than 40 hours a week he believes it takes to do a good job as mayor. But City Council work should take only about 20 hours a week, which is something he can do, he said.

"I don't want to get involved in an initiative unless I can give 110 percent," he said. "I have to be a good parent but I have to perform my civic duties. I have a lot to contribute. I can still build on my accomplishments."

His filing surprised some council members, leaving them scratching their heads as to his motives.

"I don't yet understand the logic of it," said City Council Member Gregory Schroeder. "But it's going to make things real interesting. The mayor's race will be a toss-up because now it's wide open."

In recent months Kysylyczyn has been the target of a petition campaign seeking his resignation and he made a failed attempt to have all candidates advance directly to the November general election. Earlier this spring, a judge dismissed conflict-of-interest charges filed against Kysylyczyn after he voted to have the city cover his legal fees in fighting an ethics complaint.

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