Candidate profile: Mayor of Cloquet - Mark Goad
Q -- What made you decide to run for mayor of Cloquet? A -- What made me decide to run for mayor is I decided to become more involved in my community. I'm getting to the age where I need to be a more active participant within the city which I lov...
Q - What made you decide to run for mayor of Cloquet?
A - What made me decide to run for mayor is I decided to become more involved in my community. I'm getting to the age where I need to be a more active participant within the city which I love and plan to make my permanent home and residence.
Q - Outline briefly your personal and professional background and what makes you qualified to serve as Cloquet mayor.
A - I am a 1985 graduate of Carlton High School. After graduating, I enlisted in the military and did a total of eight years in the United States Army. I am a Desert Storm veteran and currently the post surgeon at the Cloquet VFW Post 3979, where the commander just asked me to be the chairman. After the military, I decided to try auto mechanics, then I became a professional truck driver. In 2009, my wife was diagnosed with MS, so I decided to help her with her business. I was an assistant golden gloves boxing coach in Cloquet from 2009-2014.
Q - Cloquet survived the recent recession by cutting its expenses (and keeping the tax levy basically flat for residents) but now that the economy is improving, do you think the city needs to step up in terms of services and improvements or are things fine as they have been?
A - Cloquet did survive the recession but needs to budget spending a little more in depth and we can always use a few more improvements in Cloquet. What I'm saying is I will be looking into where all our taxes are going and being spent on and I'll be asking the people of Cloquet what needs to be worked on and what needs to be improved upon and get ideas how to get it done.