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Lorraine Borowski declares her candidacy for Decorah Mayor

Posted: Thu, Jun 8, 2017 6:22 AM

Lorraine Borowski officially announced today that she is running for mayor of Decorah.

Lorraine's knowledge of local government comes from 16 years as Director of the Decorah Public Library, 20 years of attending the City Council as she filmed meetings for public access broadcasting, and 27 years as a city employee. Her work experience involved extensive collaboration with members of the Decorah community and Winneshiek County, as well as state officials and others from across the state.

Said Borowski, "As I retire as the director of the library on June 30th, I look forward to the opportunity to give back to the community of Decorah by serving as mayor and continuing to be involved in local government. I believe that by creating a city council environment that listens today, we can effectively build for tomorrow."  She said she would have several priorities towards that goal:  pursuing and exploring sustainable economic development; exploring viable options for safe and affordable housing; advocating for innovative green initiatives; and fostering community and governmental partnerships that encourage fiscal responsibility.

Borowski is a member of Decorah United Church of Christ, the Decorah Rotary Club and the Decorah Human Rights Commission.  She  serves as president of the Winneshiek County Community Foundation Board of Directors. As past president of the Iowa Library Association, she was honored as ILA member of the year 2016. Her family includes two daughters, a son-in-law, three grandchildren, two brothers, and a sister.

Borowski says people may contact her at or by calling (563) 382-3452.