The name Borzyskowski has long been familiar to Winona voters.
It appeared on the city ballot in the 1960s, when 16-year council member Jerry Borzyskowski first ran, and during his unsuccessful run for mayor in 1983.
The name resurfaced on ballots in 1996 with a different first name: George.
George Borzyskowski, Jerry’s son, ran for the 4th Ward seat but lost to Dave Kouba by one vote after a recount. In 1998, the two ran again and Borzyskowski claimed the seat.
Borzyskowski, now a 14-year council veteran, decided to embark on a new campaign this year —for Winona mayor.
“It’s the same as city council, except on a much, much larger scale,” Borzyskowski said. “I thought walking the 4th Ward was really a big project when I started out; I think we walked the 4th Ward probably in about three days. It’s a lot of doors.”
Borzyskowski has lived in Winona his entire life. He has worked at Peerless Chain as a merchandise handler for 38 years and at Southeast Technical College for 20 years teaching forklift safety courses. He graduated from Cotter High School, attended Winona State University for a year, and has received multiple training certifications from Southeast Tech.
“I know the town,” Borzyskowski said. “I know it from East 25th Street all the way up to Monroe Street. I know you in all the valleys. I know the community inside and out.”
In addition to council, Borzyskowski has been involved in a number of local commissions and organizations, including the Winona Port Authority, the Housing and Redevelopment Authority, the Airport Zoning Board, the Aghaming Park Committee, and the Recreational Waterways Commission.
Borzyskowski has invested vacation time, money, and energy into his campaign. He has no official committee, just a group of volunteers that help knock on doors and hand out literature.
On election night, Borzyskowski plans to stay at home with his wife, Carol, and his grandchildren. He said he has no parties planned — and if the results come in too late, he might head to bed and wait until the morning of Nov. 7 to learn the outcome.
“We just listen to the results, accept them, and that’s that,” Borzyskowski said.