Stillwater Mayor Ken Harycki Will Not Seek Re-Election; Council Member Ted Kozlowski Announces Mayoral Bid

Ken Harycki will not seek a third term as Stillwater mayor.

“Ten years is enough,” Harycki said. “It is time to turn the position over to the next generation.”

Harycki’s letter announcing that he will not seek another term as mayor reads, in part:

“As a city we have accomplished a lot in ten years. We completed the decades long flood protection for the city and started rebuilding Lowell Park. We secured the Browns Creek bicycle trail and bridge, which will transform downtown. We secured a new armory and fire station and in the future better working conditions for the Police Department. During tough economic times, we worked together with our employees to maintain a very flat budget for the last 9 years. Lastly we literally passed an act of congress and ended the 60 year battle over the new Stillwater Bridge. I was able to attend at least 20 Eagle Scout Courts of Honors and witness the next generation of leaders.

To the citizens of Stillwater, I need to thank you for all your support over the years. More importantly, I was able to meet a lot of very interesting residents.

To the employees of the city, thanks for all your efforts. Sure we had battles over wages, but in the end I never met a more dedicated group of people. They were constantly trying to reinvent themselves to find more efficient ways to deliver services to the residents.

I need to thank my wife and family who ate many many meals alone, while I dashed off to yet another ‘damn meeting.’

Of all the things that I accomplished for the city, it’s the simple things that I didn’t accomplish in my personal life that bothers me most. Looking back at my growing children, I wish I had skipped a few meetings to play on the floor with my infant son or have yet another tea party with my young girls. Unfortunately, that train has left and I will never be able to exchange the meetings and calls for another day with my young children.”

Harycki was first elected mayor in 2006. He was narrowly re-elected in 2010. Prior to being elected as mayor, Harycki served as a city council member.

Harycki chose not to seek re-election amidst an ongoing federal investigation headed by the Internal Revenue Service with assistance from the FBI and Health and Human Services Department. No charges have been filed as a result of the investigation, and the IRS remains tight-lipped about the details.

Harycki maintains that the investigation involves a former client of Customized Payroll Solutions.

Council Member Ted Kozlowski announced today that he will run for mayor.

Kozlowski was elected to the city council as a Ward 2 representative in November 2013. He currently serves on the Stillwater City Council.

“After speaking with many residents, business owners, fellow council members as well as many county, state and federal legislators about  the future of our town, both the opportunities and the challenges we face, it’s with their encouragement that I am proud to announce my candidacy for Mayor,” Kozlowski said in a statement.

“Serving our community as a councilman has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. There are some very exciting things that are going to happen in our city over the next few years. I wish to continue to have a voice in the process and work with our residents to ensure these changes have a positive impact on Stillwater. I look forward to speaking with as many residents as possible over the next few months to get your input and ideas of how we can make a better future for our town.”

Kozlowski has also served as Vice-Chairman Board of Directors at Valley Outreach, worked with the St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce on education programs for local business owners and created and maintains the We Love Stillwater Facebook page to promote events, local businesses and nonprofits to its nearly 15,000 followers.

Kozlowski and his wife Rachael have also worked with the St. Croix Valley ArtReach Alliance & the Downtown Stillwater Theatre Association.

Kozlowski, 37, lives with his wife Rachael and two daughters, Amelia, 5, and Evelyn, 3, on the North Hill. He is the CEO of DemandQuest, and graduated with a degree in political science and philosophy from Edgewood College in Madison Wis.

The filing period for Stillwater mayor and city council begins Tuesday, May 20.

Council Member Mike Polehna said today that he will seek another term as representative of Ward 4.

Ken Harycki Announces he will not seek a third term as Stillwater Mayor.


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