Mike Toland, a local business owner, and current District D Minden City Councilman, has announced his candidacy to retain his seat on the Minden City Council.
"After prayerful consideration and after having the privilege of serving on the city council for the past several months, I have found that I have a passion for serving the citizens of Minden and I would like the opportunity to continue doing so," Toland said. "I have lived in Minden my entire life and I believe there is a lot of potential for Minden to grow and prosper. We need to grow as a city in order to bring in more businesses, such as restaurants, skating rinks, theaters, and other venues that will enhance the quality of life in Minden."
Toland started his working career at a young age. At 12 years old he was delivering the Minden Press-Herald for David Specht, in the very district that he now represents. At 14 years old, he started sacking groceries at Shuler's Dixie Dandy, and continued working there through his years at Minden High School and Louisiana Tech.
He then went to work at the local Beall-Ladyman Department Store as a salesman and worked his way up to manager. He worked there for 16 years until they were bought by another company. During his time at Beall-Ladyman he was named Manager of the Year numerous times.
In 1996, he became president of The Fleming Group, where he is responsible for developing and managing several businesses, which include Subway, The UPS Store, mini storage units, apartment complexes, shopping centers and several other businesses. Toland's philosophy is to always try to help people if it is within his ability to do so.
"Since I began serving on the city council, we voted to pursue the opportunity to hire a full time economic development specialist," Toland said. "This person will be responsible for bringing new businesses and citizens to Minden. New businesses will help grow the population, initiate new home and subdivision development, and bring in the recreational opportunities mentioned above.
"For the past 18 years I have been directly involved with developing and opening new businesses," he continued. "If elected, I will work closely with our new economic development specialist to help bring in new businesses to Minden. I am also very experienced in creating and implementing budgets, which will help with the financial planning of Minden's future needs."
Toland has also been active in several civic organizations. Some of his achievements include chairman of the Minden-South Webster Chamber of Commerce; chairman of United Way of Northwest Louisiana; volunteer for the Minden St. Jude Auction; football, baseball and basketball coach for more than 20 years at the Minden Recreation Department; and is currently on the board of directors for the LSU Family Association representing north Louisiana, as well as chairman of the Webster Education Endowment Fund.
Toland has been married to his wife Lisa for 34 years. They have three sons, Scott, Chris and Chase and five grandchildren. They attend First Baptist Church, where Mike is an assistant Sunday school director.
"There are a lot of talented, generous, and good hearted people living in Minden." he said. "I know most of you personally. I look forward to continue working with you to make Minden the best city possible. Please call or come by my house or office to discuss any issues or suggestions you have that can make Minden a better place to live. I would appreciate your support to serve another term as the District D Minden City Councilman."