Peil, Wood add names as candidates for council seat

WORTHINGTON -- There will be at least a two-way race for the First Ward Worthington City Council seat up for election in November. Ron Wood, the president of Minnesota West Community and Technical College, submitted his name for candidacy on Tues...

WORTHINGTON -- There will be at least a two-way race for the First Ward Worthington City Council seat up for election in November.

Ron Wood, the president of Minnesota West Community and Technical College, submitted his name for candidacy on Tuesday, the first day of the filing period that continues through Sept. 12. Also filing was Mike Peil, owner of AJ Tax Solutions in Worthington and a former county commissioner and school board member.

Current Alderman Lee Hain, a council member since 1989, had not yet filed as of Thursday afternoon.

Both Wood and Peil are eager to improve their community in the event of election.

"Decisions made by members of the City Council mirror the hard work of individuals from the past as they impact the present, and most notably the future," Wood said in a prepared statement. "I believe strongly in the possibilities of Worthington, and that my background and experiences prepare me to be the type of council member to help move our city forward."


Wood has served on the Worthington Regional Development Commission for more than five years and is currently chair of its board of directors. His term expires in December.

"We have seen growth in the number of livable wage jobs through the expansion of existing companies as well as welcoming new organizations to our community," Wood said. "Today, we are on the verge of several firms across the spectrum of business and industry classification moving into our community. I believe I have played a role in making that happen."

Wood has served as president of Minnesota West Community and Technical College for eight years, where he explained he has been responsible for a $25 million budget and helped guide a $6.3 million construction and renovation project on the Worthington campus.

If elected to the council, Wood said his priorities would include housing, economic development, the city's infrastructure and public safety.

"I want to be a member of a Worthington City Council that protects the rich community heritage built over the last century, yet a member of a Worthington City Council that builds on this heritage to create a stronger and continuously improving community," he said.

Reached by phone Thursday, Peil said he would dedicate his energies to working with Worthington's citizens and addressing their concerns.

"I very actively work in the community and like having facts out there, not coffee shop talk," Peil said. "I like getting people to work for their community. ... I like trying to lend whatever I can to make things work better."

In addition to being a business owner, Peil does sales and marketing duties for WGTN, the city's public access cable TV channel, and has a farm operation north of Worthington that he rents.


"I think I can relate to all types of people out there," Peil said. "I have a very diverse and extensive background working with a lot of different people, and I want to help make Worthington a thriving, viable community for the future.

"I have a great deal of respect for what everybody's done in the past," Peil added. "I learned a lot from Lee Hain and a lot from (former) Mayor Bob Demuth. I feel I bring an ability to work (with) the entities that surround Worthington ... for the good of the town. I used to work with townships, small cities and large cities, and what I do care about is if you've got a concern, that it's addressed."

Peil has previously served on the Brewster School Board and the Nobles County Commission and has been a member of the Nobles County Fair Board, the Prairie Transit board and The Achievement Center board. He ran unsuccessfully for the state Legislature in 1990.

Peil said he's excited about the race for city council seat.

"You've got two interesting people who could really make a difference for the City of Worthington," he said.

Ryan McGaughey arrived in Worthington in April 2001 as sports editor of The Daily Globe, and first joined Forum Communications Co. upon his hiring as a sports reporter at The Dickinson (North Dakota) Press in November 1998. McGaughey became news editor in Worthington in November 2002 and editor in August 2006.
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