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It's Fasbender, Elling Schultz in Hastings mayoral primary

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Updated 11:14 p.m. Aug. 14, 2018

Voters advanced Mary Fasbender and Danna Elling Schultz as the two mayoral candidates in Tuesday’s primary election.

With all precincts reporting, Fasbender came in with 56 percent of the votes and Elling Schultz secured nearly 36 percent.

Cody D. Jones was eliminated from the race with roughly 8 percent of the vote.

Fasbender, 59, owns MDK for Hair and has been involved with numerous community organizations, such as the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce, the Hastings Area Rotary Club and the Downtown Hastings Business Association.

Now that she is on the ballot for the Nov. 6 election, Fasbender said her goals will be “to continue reaching out to the people of Hastings. To listen to them. To seek their needs.”

“Also to continue to be involved in the many projects I’m connected to the community. To continue to work hard for ‘the people not the podium,’” Fasbender added.

Fasbender’s priorities lie with growing local businesses, both new and old.

“Some businesses have experienced roadblocks from City Hall as they attempt to open, expand and update their restaurants and shops,” Fasbender said in a Q&A with the Hastings Star Gazette prior to the primary. “I will ensure our government will not only bolster its effort to attract businesses, but also commit to retaining those who are already here,”

Schultz, 60, is a higher education legislative researcher for the Minnesota Senate and served as a Hastings City Council member for 16 years.

“I appreciate the support I received in the primary on Tuesday and to the many people who took the time to listen to me and to give me their thoughts as I personally talked to so many this summer,” Schultz said. “ I, along with my volunteers, will continue a positive campaign and to door knock throughout Hastings to share my priorities and vision for the future of Hastings and to listen to what the residents of our community want in our next mayor. There's a lot of work ahead for the next two-and half months before the general election on Nov. 6, but I look forward to talking with folks and to the debates and forums planned this fall.”  

For Schultz, creating multiple new opportunities for Hastings takes center stage.

“My top priorities are: Fill the empty Target space and actively seek out businesses to come to Hastings. Encourage more businesses to come to Hastings and promote workforce development. Create quality housing opportunities,” Schultz said in her Q&A.

Schultz also included transportation and and tourism initiatives on that list.

Additional primary election coverage as it develops can be found here