Mari Holderness said it was time for a woman’s voice on Baxter Council. That was one of the reasons bringing the 63-year-old to file for one of the two open seats with the council on Thursday.
“I think we need a woman, and maybe just a new face, to the council,” said Holderness, who has been a resident of Baxter for nearly 20 years. “We haven’t had one in awhile, so I thought why not me?”
Married to husband Bill with two children not currently residing in Baxter, Holderness is now retired after working as an insurance agent with Triple A for 30 years.
She has stayed active on the finance council for All Saints Catholic Church with prior finance council experience with St. Andrew’s Church.
Not only interested in bringing a woman’s touch to the male-ridden Baxter council, Holderness said she brings an open mind, too.
“I think I can bring an open mind and a whole new perspective,” she said. “I think Baxter needs to look at everything and bring that different perspective, whether it’s me or someone else, to the city just by being a new person on the council and being able to not look at the same things the same way.”
Holderness joins the race with Tom Hice, who filed Wednesday, and council members Mark Cross and Todd Holman, who filed for re-election on Tuesday. Mayor Darrel Olson also filed for re-election Tuesday.