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Top two vote-getters in Auburn will take council seats

AUBURN — Auburn voters will elect two candidates to the city council Nov. 5 during a non-partisan municipal election.

Two incumbents — Donna Scouten and Robert Vogel III — are running against three challengers, William Ackworth, Atkeson “Harold” Money and Jay Riemenschneider. The top two vote-getters will take the council seats.

Scouten has served on the council for eight years, while Vogel has served four years.

If elected, several of the candidates place infrastructure projects as their top priorities.

“My top goal is the city of Auburn’s water supply project,” Vogel said. “We currently purchase water from another municipality (and) we are in the process of becoming out own water entity.”

“I would like to continue the work that we have begun on the Auburn Water Project,” Scouten added. “This is a very important part of Auburn’s future.”

Money, a former Auburn mayor, wants to see improvements in another area.

“I would like to see further improvement in our streets and roads in the city of Auburn,” he said.

Jay Riemenschneider also placed infrastructure at the top of his list of priorities.

“(I want) to see continued improvement of the infrastructure while attracting new business to the community,” he said.

Riemenschneider said he would bring a fresh perspective to the council, with innovative ideas and viewpoints.

“I believe my role would be to work in unity with the other city officials in planning and organizing and voting on issues that effect the quality of life for the citizens and businesses that reside in Auburn,” he said.

Ackworth, who previously ran for mayor, said his top priority is “realistically serving the taxpayers of the city.

“My bid for this office is not about me,” he continued, “it’s about all of us.”

Auburn voters can cast their ballots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Midway United Methodist Church, 215 Kilcrease Road in Auburn.


Bill Ackworth

Age: 67

Education: Some college

Occupation: Retired

Political Experience: Six years serving on the Auburn Planing and Zoning Board

Family: Information not provided


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Atkeson “Harold” Money

Atkeson “Harold” Money

Party: Non-partisan

Age: 76

Education: Attended Minnesota School of Business, took courses offered by the Air Force

Occupation: Retired after 43 years in insurance sales, served in U.S. Air Force

Political Experience: Served four years as mayor of Auburn

Family: (Spouse’s name, name and ages of children, number of grandchildren, if applicable)

Wife, Darlene; three adult children; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren


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Jay Riemenschneider

Jay Riemenschneider

Party: Non-partisan

Age: 61

Education: Columbia H.S., Decatur

Occupation: Sales

Political Experience: Auburn Zoning Board of Appeals

Family: Wife, Terri; children Kayla, 21, and Nathan, 16; four grandchildren with one on the way


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Donna Scouten

Donna Scouten

Party: Non-partisan

Age: 54

Education: High school diploma

Occupation: Mortgage industry

Political Experience: Eight years on the Auburn City Council, two years on the Auburn Planning and Zoning Board

Family: Sons Jason Oliver, 32, and Tyler Scouten, 21; four grandchildren


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Robert L. Vogel III

Robert L. Vogel III

Party: Non-partisan

Age: 49

Education: High School and Trade School

Occupation: HVAC technician

Political Experience: Auburn City Council member

Family: Wife, Mary Grace Vogel; children Ashley Rose, 19 years old, and Jessica Ann, 16 years old