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Mark Vaughan

Position: Hastings City Council Member

Representing: City of Hastings


How long have you been in public service?

I have been a City Council representative since 2014. I have worked for over 20 years for the City of Eagan in the Parks and Recreation Department, I currently hold the position of Campus Facility Manager. I have been involved in the Hastings civic community for 12 years as a volunteer on the Hastings Parks and Recreation Commission, Hastings Planning Commission and the Hastings Charter Commission.

Why did you choose to be in public service?

I have a proven record of leading and working on solutions for the community. I have a passion for local government because I like to see results and show the community that they can make a difference by being involved.

What is your favorite thing about your city, county or area?

My favorite aspect of Hastings is the small town atmosphere it provides. Citizens and businesses takes great pride in offering this "small town feel" to visitors.

What is your city or area most known for? What is unique, or special about it?

Hastings has great natural amenities. We have a prime location by being close to the Twin Cities and have the uniqueness of being a "river town." Hastings has some great history that makes us such an interesting place to live and work.

Why are you interested in high-speed rail in Minnesota?

The current Minnesota High-Speed Rail plan includes Hastings as a route in which passing trains will travel through but not stop in our downtown. Our city officials need to make sure safety is a number one priority.

What do you think is the most important benefit of high-speed rail?

I believe the most important benefit is being able to enhance the existing infrastructure which can be used for both freight and passenger rail traffic.


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