Randy Magno

Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:38:29 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 30 2013 11:00:04 AM CST

1. Why do you want to be mayor?

I want to be mayor because I know that I can make a difference in the city.  I have been involved with city issues for a number of years, and I have the experience and enthusiasm that is needed right now.

2. What experience do you have that makes you qualified to be mayor?

I have experience as a healthcare supervisor, handling million dollar budgets and working with other people to accomplish a common goal.  I recently completed my tenure as the Chair of the Washburn Neighborhood Association. During this time, I have worked successfully with people from all over the city and City Hall to improve La Crosse. I have also been on the Neighborhood Revitalization Commission and the Rental Inspection Commission.

3. What will be your top three priorities for the City of La Crosse if you’re elected mayor?

My top three priorities as mayor will be improving security, encouraging business growth, and increasing citizen involvement.

4. What are your long-term goals for the City of La Crosse?

My long-term goals for the city of La Crosse are to create a city that is safe, prosperous, has great neighborhoods and is a leader in the Midwest. I also want a transparent city government.

5. The current mayor and the City Council have had disagreements about several city issues lately. If elected mayor, what will you do to work with the City Council?

I have already worked with the City Council and department heads on several projects. I have also worked with local institutions and businesses, as well as fellow neighbors. I am politically independent, so when decisions are made with the council, I will not be motivated by special interests.

6. How will you balance the city budget?

I will balance the city budget by continuing to set priorities, examining the budget for wasteful spending, and collecting what the city is owed in fines, back taxes, etc.

7. Are you in favor of raising property taxes?

As a homeowner and landlord, I am not in favor of raising property taxes.

8. How long have you lived in La Crosse?

I have lived in La Crosse for the past 10 years.

9. What do you like most and least about living in La Crosse?

What I like most about Living in La Crosse include walking down to the Mississippi River and Riverside Park, hiking through Myrick Park and the Marsh, having a vibrant downtown and a bicycle friendly city. I also enjoy the easy access to fishing and boating, the Arts and Theater, and the many stores and services. The things I like the least are the dysfunctional city government, the lack of transparency, and the neglect of our neighborhoods. I really believe that as your neighborhoods go, so goes your city.

10. Tell us about your family.

I have been married for 36 years and have 2 grown children, a daughter and a son. Both of my children live and work in the area. Family, education and a good work ethic are very important to us.