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Towey: Develop community center

Edward Towewy

Editor's note: This Q&A is part of a series highlighting City Council candidates for Lake City. Read about the other candidates here

Edward Towey

  • Age: 72
  • Address: 110 W. Elm St. Lake City
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  • Education: B.S. from Carlson School of Management University of Minnesota; J.D. from Valparaiso University School of Law
  • Family: Wife, Dr. Anne Towey; children, Brigit, Edward Jr., and Patricia; two grandchildren
  • Occupation: Small-business owner in Lake City, retired attorney
  • Civic Involvement: YMCA for decades; past chair of the Board of the Youth Service Bureau of St. Paul;’ youth hockey coach; decorated combat veteran; St. Cloud VA Hospital Review Board; participated in reviewing the contract between Lake City and Mayo Clinic; Marina Board for four years —  past two as chair; First Lutheran Church.


What differentiates you from other candidates in this primary election?

I have extensive experience in leadership roles in nonprofits and civic organizations, as well as my knowledge and responsibilities as an attorney in private practice advising and representing numerous clients. I also spent 25 years at HGA, a large architecture and engineering firm of over 600 employees with a budget of over $100 million per year. I provided senior leadership , using my business and legal knowledge and experience for the operations of the firm in multiple offices across the country.

I believe I can bring the skills and abilities that I developed to bear as a member of the City Council.

What do you think is one critical issue facing Lake City now, and how would you propose to solve it?

Lake City is a beautiful, vibrant community in summer but lacks that vibrancy in other seasons. I think this issue could be addressed in multiple ways. I support the development and construction of a community center that would combine many amenities into one facility. Examples include, a year-round indoor play park, child care center, fitness for young and old, and potentially an indoor/outdoor pool, and a flexible performance facility. This would allow the city to provide these amenities for its citizens in an efficient and economical manner rather than building and operating infrastructure in multiple locations.

Secondly, I would encourage and work to have the downtown district have a cohesive and inviting appearance, strategically locating informational kiosks and informative signage, along with development of vacant and underutilized parcels to encourage year-round services and activities.

Steve Gardiner

Steve Gardiner taught high school English and journalism for 38 years in Montana and Wyoming.  He started working at the Republican Eagle in May 2018.  He focuses on features and outdoor stories.  

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