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Block, Essler elected to Rosemount City Council

Residents voted for change, electing two newcomers to serve on Rosemount City Council.

The top vote-getter was Tammy Block with 5,436 votes, followed by Paul Essler with 4,872. City Council incumbents Mark DeBettignies and Shaun Nelson received 3,988 and 3,008 votes, respectively.

A 19-year resident of Rosemount, Block works as an attorney. She has devoted time volunteering with schools, athletics, and Boy and Girl Scouts. She has also served on a community education advisory council for District 196.

Block's platform focused on leading the city toward attracting more amenities for residents of every age.

"I think our downtown can still be a place where so many other towns flock to on the weekends," Block said.

She said she plans to have City Council focus on how to best attract businesses and corporations.

Essler said he aims to use his skills in accounting and finance, along with his professional experience working in commercial and residential real estate to help move Rosemount forward. As a 14-year Rosemount resident, Essler has been a president of Rosemount Area Athletic Association. His campaign platform focused on developing a strong master plan with a vision for Rosemount in five, 10 and 20 years.

"I want to work on a vision, on what we need and what we can support and we need to be proactive in going after new business and amenities into our city," Essler said.

Essler said he plans to leverage a volunteer group of youth who can give back to the community as part of a new Rosemount Community Volunteer Association.

Also on the ballot, Rosemount Mayor Bill Droste, who ran unopposed, received 9,371 votes. Droste will be serving his fifth term after leading the city for nearly 16 years. There were 259 write-ins scattered among the five precincts.