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Serving as mayor has been a privilege

It's been a privilege to serve as the mayor of Pequot Lakes for four terms. I've loved this town since the first time I came to vacation on East Twin Lake in 1967, and Tom and I knew there was no other place we would rather be when we retired in 2000 to move here full time.

Over the past 50-plus years we've watched with joy and pride as the town we fell in love with grew into a larger and more vibrant community filled with entrepreneurs, artists and friends. I'm so honored that you've allowed me to be a part of Pequot's evolution, first as a community member, then as a founding member of the town library, and, ultimately, as its mayor.

Pequot has an honorable heritage and enormous potential ahead of it. After eight years, however, I feel the right thing to do is to give someone with another perspective and a fresh voice the opportunity to play a role in our town's future.

I fully support all those who have heard the calling of civic duty and have stepped forward - being mayor is a challenging role, but one that is unquestionably rewarding as well. I trust those in office going forward will continue to think of the long-term future of Pequot in terms of both its residents and businesses.

Thank you to everyone who has been supportive of me in so many ways over the years. You've all shared so much and I've learned a tremendous amount. I look forward to applying this knowledge by serving Pequot Lakes in other capacities going forward, as this town means the world to me.