James Kraft, who was beaten by one vote in his re-election bid last year, is running for the Aberdeen City Council once again.
Kraft is running for the seat now occupied by Jeff Mitchell, who is not seeking re-election. Mitchell and Mark Remily both represent northeast Aberdeen. Kraft lost his re-election bid to Remily 409 to 408 in June.
Last month, Aberdeen attorney Rob Ronayne announced that he is vying to represent northeast Aberdeen in the June 4 election.
Kraft, 57, was elected to the City Council in 2007 after running unsuccessfully in 2005.
In a press release, Kraft said he has missed representing the people of northeast Aberdeen during the past year, and several people asked him to consider running again.
Kraft grew up in Aberdeen in what would become the northeast district. In the press release, Kraft said he believes that one of the most important duties in representing the northeast district was listening to people and working to improve Aberdeen.
“He realizes taxes and fees have the same effect on the family budget and voted to be conservative with city money,” according to the release. “Once again, his pledge is not to represent any special interest ahead of the people of Aberdeen and will not put anyone or anything ahead of the people he represents. He is concerned about the maintenance of Aberdeen's infrastructure and how we balance that with new projects in Aberdeen without adversely affecting the city budget and putting unnecessary strain on family budgets. Aberdeen faces many growth challenges and a tight economy in the upcoming years. More open government measures are needed. Aberdeen is facing the challenges of growth and development and he would like to keep us all moving ahead.”
Kraft graduated from Roncalli in 1973. His jobs over the years included positions at Tonner's Piggy Wiggly, Coca-Cola Bottling and Gage Brothers Concrete. He has been employed at the Hub City Division of Regal Beloit for almost 40 years. He served on the board of directors for the Consolidated Hub-Co Federal Credit Union, was a volunteer fireman and coached youth baseball and hockey. He is a member of the International Association of Machinists and the Brown County Historical Society.
He and his wife of 38 years, Rose, have two children, Tracie Eschenbaum and Josh. His wife is a teacher at Roncalli. Three of their five children are growing up in Aberdeen, “so safety and opportunity are concerns of his,” according to the news release.