Roseville mayor loses bid for council
Star Tribune 9/10/03

A record number of Roseville voters rejected controversial Mayor John Kysylyczyn's bid for a seat on the City Council Tuesday.

Kysylyczyn, elected as an outsider in 1999, decided not to run for mayor again but to challenge one of his key adversaries on the council, Dean Maschka. Maschka, who has served on the council since 1990, and Amy Ihlan, an attorney and professor who had been a member of the city's ethics commission when Kysylyczyn led an effort to disband it last year, advanced to the Nov. 4 general election.

Kysylyczyn, whose four-year term had been marked by ethics complaints and long, fractious City Council meetings, finished a distant third.

Council Member Craig Klausing was an easy winner in the mayoral race, outdistancing newcomer Tammy Pust, an attorney and former assistant state education commissioner. Council Member Tom Kough, a frequent Kysylyczyn ally, finished third.

Klausing said the vote indicated a clear dissatisfaction with the current regime.

"I think the four people who made it through had a fairly consistent message," he said. "All agreed the conduct of some members of the council has been inappropriate, that the council spent too much time on issues that diverted our attention from issues that we need to be talking about, such as the financial crisis or . . . ailing housing stock."

Kysylyczyn said he believed that although the 25 percent turnout of registered voters was a record for a Roseville municipal primary, he noted that 75 percent didn't vote. "Probably the majority of people in the community had no problem with city government, and that's why they didn't bother showing up," he said.

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