Ask The Answer Person: "Has Decorah City Council candidate Gary Rustad actually served 20 years on the city council?"
Posted: Wed, Oct 2, 2019 12:39 PM
(One of our readers e-mails: "Since facts are so rare these days I must again mention that Gary Rustad didn't serve 20 years on the Decorah City Council"):
The Answer Person says: "We had to go back into the vaults to get an answer to your e-mail. Here's what we've learned:
In 1995, Gary Rustad defeated Brandon Schmidt, 607 to 230, and began serving his first four-year term.
In 1999, Rustad lost re-election. Steve Matter had 822 votes, while Rustad had 617 votes.
In 2001, Rustad ran for the other at-large seat on the Decorah City Council. He won, defeating Jim Ulring, 1,366 to 922. This started his second four-year term.
In 2005, Rustad ran for re-election, defeating Gerald Harvey, 1,335 to 496. This started his third four-year term.
In 2009, Rustad defeated Gary Finholt, 434 to 112. This started his fourth four-year term.
In 2013, Rustad faced no opposition. This started his fifth four-year term.
In 2017, Rustad ran for mayor instead of seeking re-election to the city council. He lost to Lorraine Borowski, 1,403 to 611. This brought to an end his fifth four-year term on the Decorah City Council--a span of 20 years of serving.
The Answer Person rates Rustad's statement that he has served 20 years on the Decorah City Council as TRUE."