Editor’s note: The Globe Gazette asked the eight candidates in the Sept. 20 Mason City Council special election why they decided to run for the open at-large seat. Today we feature the response of Scott Peterson.

I am running for City Council because I’d like to see Mason City grow both in population and as a community filled with activities. As a community, we need to work harder to create a better environment to attract more citizens.

Economic growth is important but you also need infrastructure to support that growth. Currently Mason City has a low unemployment rate with a surplus of positions throughout the community to fill.

We need to give people a reason, not only to move here, but to stay here.

Mason City has been off to a good start but needs to continue on the path. I will bring new ideas and ways of thinking to the City Council to help build a better Mason City.

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