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According to both the Pioneer Press and Thisweek Lakeville Mayor Holly Dahl, who is currently running for reelection, does not like the fact that her husband’s failed business venture and his apparent lies about the family’s assets in order to secure a half a million dollar loan have been paraded in front of the public by the local media.
I knew of the legal issues surrounding her husband’s business but chose not to write about it simply because I felt this was her husband’s deal and not necessarily her own. While it’s clear that any type of legal and/or financial trouble will affect the job of a public official, I didn’t see any need to burden her further until I read what Thisweek and the Pioneer Press had to say.
From the Thisweek article:
According to court documents, bankruptcy trustee Nauni Manty found that Kevin provided a financial statement to the bank representing that he and Holly had more than $9.8 million in securities that never existed.
Holly is listed in court documents because she also personally guaranteed the loan.
From the Pioneer Press article:
Dahl said she’s proud of her work for the city, and though the media reports embarrass her as a private citizen, she’s still willing to stand for re-election on her record.
“I am not Lindsay Lohan; I am not running for governor,” Dahl said. “I am running for mayor of Lakeville, a community I work hard for.”
Now, I sympathize with public officials who are going through rough patches, especially when it’s really their family members who are the cause of the problems, but I have to shake my head at Mayor Dahl’s statements that she should somehow be left alone because she is not of the same tabloid caliber as a governor or celebrity. As I mentioned above, any public official is fair game whether they like it or not and while in this instance the issues are not the same as say Burnsville Councilmembers Dan Gustafson‘s or Dan Kealey‘s, the weight of the financial burden, legal wranglings and costs, and the problems it can cause on the home front are stressful and can cause loss of focus on the job at hand for these elected officials and thus the public should most definitely be alerted to the issues she may face while running the City of Lakeville.
What do you think about Lakeville Mayor Holly Dahl’s financial problems? Do you really believe she did not know that her husband claimed they had assets they did not (or perhaps he too led her to believe they did) when she became a party to signing off on the $500,000 loan? Do you believe that her personal life should be kept completely separate from her public life and that she should be treated differently than a governor or celebrity? Whatever you have to say about the Lakeville mayor’s financial woes and the impact they may have on her and her reelection go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.