About Me

Hi, my name is Tony Yarusso. I grew up just west of here in Shoreview, until I bought my first house here in the Historic District of Mahtomedi. I was attracted to the area's quiet, "cabin-like" feel, balancing having some space and trees while still being close enough to the city centers for commuting. If you live in the northern half of the city, you may have seen me out with my Alaskan Malamute, Tuuli.

Professionally, I work in the Information Technology realm. I earned an Associate's degree in Computer Networking from Saint Paul College and a Bachelor's in Computer Forensics from Metropolitan State University. Currently I work as a Linux server systems administrator for state government.

On a volunteer basis, I've been involved in a combination of technical communities and outdoors pursuits. For the last decade my dad and I have maintained one of the campsites on the Superior Hiking Trail in northern Minnesota, and I have been an online discussion moderator and local team contact for Ubuntu, a Linux distribution. I currently serve as the chair of the Metropolitan Parks and Open Space Commission, an advisory body to the Met Council on the system of regionally-designated parks, trails, and natural open spaces, which I also served on as a district representative while living in Shoreview. I also formerly served on the board of directors for Lake Wapogasset Lutheran Bible Camps and as a Department of Natural Resources appointee on the Minnesota Parks and Trails Legacy Advisory Committee.

In my free time, I enjoy hiking, camping, and working with my dog. Together, Tuuli and I are doing obedience, agility, weight pull, skijoring, and bikejoring - look for us training around town!

If elected, in addition to continuing the many things the city is doing well, I plan to focus on catching up on infrastructure improvements and being more proactive in how we plan for the future, complete and connect our trail system, and update and improve communications with residents so it's easier to keep track of what's happening in the city. For more information, please read my detailed issue pages.