The following is a letter to the editor from abc newspapers and reprinted here, permission was not requested nor obtained, as it is of public record.
To the Editor:
The Union recently quoted Anoka Mayor Skogquist as saying "the other applicants were not acceptable to me." He was referring to applicants to the city's Housing Authority.
A little research indicates that among these applicants that were not acceptable to Mr. Skogquist were at least five women.
Their credentials were impressive.
There was a former mayor, former councilwoman, park board commissioner and a housing coordinator. There were women with experience with Section 8 rent assistance and the federal Community Development Block Grant program. There were council candidates and a senior housing specialist. A rental agent for a U of M housing cooperative and two former HRA members.
Everyone talks about what a critical need Anoka has to refurbish our old housing and that the HRA is one tool to assist in doing that. And yet these people with all their rich experience and qualifications were not acceptable to Mr. Skogquist.
Mr. Skogquist's original reason for expanding the HRA from five to seven was "to have more people to do the work."
And yet one of the men he wanted, the Union noted, had no qualification except being a resident. The other guy, Aaron Barr, has barely five years experience with our town.
But these five highly qualified women were somehow not acceptable to Mr. Skogquist.
Letter to the Editor May 2007- Published in the Anoka Union