Groesser goes for five

Ralston Mayor Don Groesser

Having undertaken the biggest project in the city’s 100-year history, Mayor Don Groesser proved he was prepared to see the Ralston Arena through to fruition — and beyond.

Groesser, who was first elected mayor in 1996, announced last Jan. 5 he would seek an unprecedented fifth term.

“There’s so much going on in Ralston, there’s a lot at stake,” he said after filing the paperwork to run for office. “The proper thing to do was to refile and make sure the arena project is a success.”

Unchallenged for the mayoral post, Groesser received 2,363 votes in the November general election.

Groesser is far and away the city’s longest-serving mayor and, should he fill out his term, will have 20 years under his belt as Ralston’s chief executive.

Under Groesser’s administration, Ralston has witnessed the creation of a new library building, an archives museum, a downtown revitalization and the arena which opened in October.

“I think we’ve worked hard to make Ralston a destination location so we can grow our economy,” he said. “That’s always been one of my main goals ever since I became mayor. I want to continue doing that, continue coming up with ideas that help our little city progress, ideas that make Ralston a great place for our residents, a safe environment for families.”

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