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4/15/2014 6:58:00 AM
Spring Valley mayor: Council needs 'perspective of a lady'

NewsTribune photo/Allison RyanDeb Baltikauski would be Mayor Walt Marini's first pick to fill a vacancy on the Spring Valley City Council.
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Deb Baltikauski would be Mayor Walt Marini's first pick to fill a vacancy on the Spring Valley City Council.

Allison Ryan
Staff Writer

Deb Baltikauski of Spring Valley has never sought public office, but at the request of Mayor Walt Marini, she may be the city’s next 3rd Ward alderman.

Marini introduced Baltikauski at the start of Monday’s city council meeting, telling the council he intended to nominate her to fill the vacancy left by the March 16 death of alderman Mark Actis. Marini said the decision was made too late in the day to add it to Monday’s agenda.

“I think we all know that women look at things differently than men,” Marini said. He said the “perspective of a lady” would be good for the council.

By profession and education also, she would bring a different perspective to the council table.

Baltikauski said she was trained as a medical technologist and most recently worked as a clinical analyst at Mendota Community Hospital. Her only experience serving in a public organization was with Hall Booster Organization when her children were in high school.

“I just thought it would be an experience that I would like to try,” Baltikauski said.

While the council did not vote on the mayor’s nominee, most of the aldermen congratulated Baltikauski as they left the council chambers, indicating her appointment will be an easy passage at the next city council meeting.

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