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Conversations with Scott Rosochacki

Today we’d like to introduce you to Scott Rosochacki.

Hi Scott, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
All my life, I have wanted to serve my country, and I was able to do that during my time in the Navy as a Nuclear Submarine Electrician. Now I want to do that by serving the town of Blaine. While in the Navy, I was thrown into a fast-paced environment that required me to be on high alert 24/7. This taught me how to remain calm under pressure. While serving, I was also able to achieve my goal of earning my Masters’s degree in Criminal Justice with a focus on Behavioral Studies, which gave me insight into the underlying issues that are so prevalent in our criminal justice system. As the military liaison between government and private contractors, I saved the Navy just above 20 million dollars. When I got home from service, I started my career as a Risk & Quality Management Specialist. I am now running as a candidate for City Council for Blaine in Ward 1 to be able to represent the community.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I wish that I could say that the experience of my life has been a smooth road, but going through those experiences has made me the person I am today, and I am happy with where it has led me. The most significant struggle I have had during my life was being the person I always should have been. Early in life, I believed that I needed to present a front or act in certain ways for people. This left me with relationships and friendships that felt empty, and the path I took in my life was not one where I felt accomplished or fulfilled. Once I figured out who I was, it allowed me to be a happier person and a better one. I was able to focus on what gave me the greatest fulfillment, which was to be able to help people, and the best way for me to do that once I left the Navy was to run for City Council and to provide for my local community.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am running for the Blaine City Council in Ward 1 for the 4-year seat; one of the things that set me apart during this campaign is that I have been connecting with all the residents of Blaine within Ward 1. It has been an adventure that I have been enjoying hearing the concerns of the community, and during my interactions, I have come to realize that the people here are often ignored or feel that way. Going into the community has set me apart from others by understanding those within the community and how I could best suit their needs. The moment that made me most proud during this campaign was when I was out connecting with the community, and I discussed with another veteran in the area that had been suffering from mental health issues. We discussed how to be able to reach and benefit the community. It was a moment I will always remember as we shared stories from our respective branches and the difficulties of reintegrating back into the community. It was a discussion of compassion and how what we stand for should not only be maintained within the military but be brought back with us to make our communities better.

What matters most to you?
The thing that matters most to me in this campaign is being able to help people. I strongly believe that the entire purpose of being in an elected position is to help others. I also believe the purpose of being in a local elected position is to go into the community and reach out rather than waiting for the people to come to the selected individual. Listening to all the citizens of Ward 1 has hardened this viewpoint as many people have expressed to me that Ward 1 is the “forgotten ward” and “old Blaine.” It is essential to me that those individuals have a voice and can have their wants, needs, and concerns heard locally rather than being ignored or not having an advocate. Being able to have the ability to be on the City Council will allow me to do this, especially for the concerns of those individuals in Ward 1.

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