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Saint Paul, Minnesota,55128
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Sidoti to be sworn in on council
Sidoti to be sworn in on councilJoe Sidoti will be sworn in at the May 4 Coon Rapids City Council meeting as the Ward 4 councilmember. Four people, including Sidoti, applied for the position and were interviewed by the council April 21. Sidoti was the consensus choice of the council, according to Howe. What impressed the council about Sidoti was his involvement in different community organizations and activities and his open mind on the issues facing the council, Howe said. Born and raised in Boston, Mass., Sidoti came to Coon Rapids in 1969 after receiving a bachelor of science degree in education from a college in western Massachusetts. His first job after college was teaching and coaching at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.He taught physical education and health and coached football and wrestling at the college. Sidoti made a career change in 1972 just short of completing his master's degree in education at St. Cloud State University, but he chose remain in Coon Rapids after he left the college. He was initially an independent sporting goods sales representative for 10 years, then he was national sales manager and east coast manager of retail golf sales for Wilson Sporting Goods. He then became general manager of Bastion Golf, setting up a national sales force and launching a new brand into the golfing industry. Sidoti also worked as a sales manager for Slazenger Golf in the midwest and then became national sales manager for The Wedgewood Golf corporate team, based in Minneapolis. For the last 18 months, Sidoti has been an account executive for Ashworth and Callaway Golf Company, headquartered in San Diego, Calif. Sidoti's territory is Minnesota and both Dakotas. "I have always been interested in politics and city government, but because I traveled all the time in my job I did not have the time to run for office," Sidoti said. That has now changed with his job with Ashworth and Callaway, in which he works out of his home and no longer travels throughout the country, he said. Indeed, he made the switch from Wedgewood to Ashworth and Callaway to eliminate much of the travel he had been doing. "It was time to get off the road," Sidoti said. For example, in the year he worked for Wilson Sporting Goods, Sidoti accumulated 160,000 miles on Northwest Airlines. "People think the travel is glamorous, but it's horrible," Sidoti said."Every hotel room looks the same and every piece of chicken looks the same." Now that he is largely off the road, Sidoti is free to pursue his interest in government, he said. The Ward 4 vacancy came at an opportune time."It was good timing," Sidoti said. And in applying for the Ward 4 position, Sidoti said it was his intention to run for election to a four-year term in November. Sidoti comes to the council with no personal agenda or ax to grind, he said. He will follow the advice of "an old sage" who told him when he went into sales to keep his eyes and ears open and his mouth shut until he learned what the job involved, Sidoti said. "That will be my approach when I join the council until I become familiar with the issues," he said. In his years in Coon Rapids, Sidoti has coached youth wrestling, Little League baseball, youth football and traveling baseball. He was one of the founders of the North Suburban Striders Running Club and spearheaded the club's summer and winter 10K races. Sidoti's running took him all over the world competing in races for 15 years until he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 13 years ago. "That brought my running career to an abrupt end," Sidoti said. But the multiple sclerosis is in remission and under control and he suffers no side effects from it, he said. Sidoti's wife Patty is a golf professional who is just beginning a career in golf sales. He has three sons - Brian, who is working on his master's degree in environmental biology in Miami, Fla.; Matthew, also of Miami, who is an entertainer working for Royal Caribbean Lines; and Patrick, a sportscaster with KARE 11 in the Twin Cities. "I look forward to the opportunity to serve the community," Sidoti said.