NANCY NGO, Pioneer Press
September 10, 2003

Roseville Mayor John Kysylyczyn's current run in city government ends in 2003.

The mayor, whose tenure has been marked by a series of controversies, came in third Tuesday night in his primary bid for a City Council seat. The top two finishers -- incumbent Dean Maschka and attorney Amy Ihlan -- will advance to the general election Nov. 4.

In the battle for the mayoral position Kysylyczyn is giving up, City Council Member Craig Klausing, an attorney, brought in 3,119 votes, and Tammy Pust, also an attorney, got 1,480 votes. They will advance to the November election.

As for the other mayoral contenders, City Council Member Tom Kough, former mayor of Austin, Minn., brought in 752 votes. He retains his council seat, and his term expires at the end of 2005.

Tam McGehee, who has served on several Roseville committees, received 234 votes. Mechanical engineer Dan Roe garnered 217 votes.

Kysylyczyn, who learned the primary election results from the Pioneer Press on Tuesday night, said he is not surprised he did not advance to the general election in the council race because he said most of the votes came from special interest groups and he focused on the majority.

According to the city, 5,819 people voted Tuesday, representing about 25.5 percent of registered voters.

"If you cater yourself to the bulk of the people, then you sacrifice yourself on these particular interest groups," he said.

Nevertheless, he said, he is proud of what he has accomplished in four years, including lowering taxes and working to get a referendum passed on a new public safety and public works facility. He has said he decided to run for City Council rather than seeking re-election in order to have time to care for his daughter.

Maschka received 3,118 votes in the council race, and Ihlan, a former city ethics commissioner, received 1,428. Kysylyczyn received 962 votes; former City Council member Al Kehr got 135, and Stuart Shwiff, a marketing consultant, received 126 votes.

[Results of 2003 Roseville primary]

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