WAITE PARK — Political newcomer Brian Sluss is taking on longtime Waite Park Mayor Rick Miller on Election Day.
Miller, who has spent nearly three decades in city government, is campaigning on experience with goals to improve roadways, invest in the city’s capital expenses without raising taxes, and get the long-awaited amphitheater up and running.
Sluss, if elected, said he would also prioritize road improvement projects, as well as work to attract businesses and reduce crime in the city.
Both candidates have lived in Waite Park most of their lives.
Rick Miller, left, and Brian Sluss are candidates for mayor in Waite Park. (Photo: Dave Schwarz, [email protected])
Miller, 72, graduated from Technical High School and worked as a network technician for the telecommunications company now known as Lumen Technologies. He retired in 2001 and is married with two children and four grandchildren.
Sluss, 52, graduated from McKinley Area Learning Center and studied automotive technology at Hibbing Community College.
He owned Green Cab for nine years and has worked at the construction equipment supplied Ziegler CAT for the past two years. He is married with seven children and 14 grandchildren.
While Sluss has never run for elected office, he is active in American Bikers for Awareness Training and Education and Bikers Against Child Abuse.
Miller served on Waite Park City Council from 1986-1995 and as mayor from 1996-2001, when he was unseated by Carla Schaefer. He then waged a successful write-in campaign in 2007 and has been re-elected five times since.
Candidates eye road improvements
Sluss and Miller said they’d prioritize improving roads as mayor.
“I would like to see the roads worked on a little bit better. Our city workers need updated equipment, I know that,” Sluss said. “It’s Minnesota so I understand it, but some of