Geiszler running for mayor
Ward 4 Rugby City Councilman Arland Geiszler is looking like the clear favorite to win the race for mayor in June. As of Thursday afternoon, Geiszler was the only individual to file his petition for the position, which will be vacated by David Cichos, who is not seeking re-election. Petitions for elected city positions are due Monday.
Geiszler, 68, is serving his second four-year term on the council after serving once before in the 1980s. The Kramer native retired from the insurance business in 2008. He moved to Rugby in 1968 as a school teacher before moving on to a 35-year career between Rugby Insurance Agency and Center Mutual Insurance Company.
“I have a real strong feeling about Rugby,” Geiszler said. “It’s been an excellent community for myself and my family, and I’d just like to give back to the community that’s been so good to me.”
Geiszler has enjoyed serving under Cichos and hopes to continue with projects started under the current mayor. Geiszler praised Cichos for reorganizing the council into a committee form of government.
The candidate said he’s focused on seeing annexation completed, working out a new deal with the All Seasons Water Users District and improving the city’s water plant.
“It’s been operating well for many years, but updates and improvements need to be made,” Geiszler said. “Water is needed for the rural community, so we need to be aware of their needs and be able to provide for the city and rural for as many people we can. From a financial standpoint, that would be one of the biggest projects we’ll be tackling in the next couple years.”
Geiszler also mentioned working closely with the North Dakota Department of Transportation, the Job Development Authority – especially on the Chalmers Addition – and the Police Department. With the state’s population growing, he is concerned about the increase in crime.
“There are issues we need to address,” Geiszler said. “Problems don’t go away. They need to be addressed and handled in one form or another.”
Geiszler and his wife, Sandra, are the parents of four children and have nine grandchildren. Sandra is a retired mental health provider.
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