Jane Robbins Back As Pine City Mayor
Pine City’s mayor, Jane Robbins, has been challenged in her bid for re-election before; but yesterday, like elections past, the residents of this small town put their faith in her once more.
Serving since January, 1993, Robbins has attended every single regularly-scheduled Council meeting and countless special meetings; last month alone, there were seven. Even the night after the election (Nov. 3), despite it being her 54th wedding anniversary, she planned to show up for her 215th consecutive meeting. Perhaps this level of commitment is why yesterday, she garnered 52.17% of the 1,127 total votes cast and defeated opponents Paul Janssen, 33.31%, and Terry Neitzel, 7.72%, by comfortable margins.
“We are fortunate to have someone like Mayor Robbins continuing to serve and represent us,” said Nathan Johnson, City Planner who grew up in Pine City and saw her become mayor at the age of 15. “She is a mentor and a friend to so many people in our community. Her devotion is infectious.”
Robbins is the first woman to be elected mayor in Pine City and the longest-standing mayor the City has seen. In 2008, Robbins was selected to receive the CC Ludwig Award, Minnesota’s highest honor for an elected official, and in 2010, she received the Minnesota Women in City Government Leadership Award.
Pine City’s Council meets the first Wednesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Pine Government Center’s Council Chambers, 315 Main Street S.