Chuck Hazama

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Chuck Hazama
42nd Mayor of Rochester, Minnesota
In office
January 6, 1979 – January 6, 1995
Preceded by Alexander P. Smetka
Succeeded by Chuck Canfield
Personal details
Born 1932 (age 84–85)
Political party independent
Spouse(s) Ali Hazama
Alma mater University of Northern Iowa
Religion United Church of Christ

Charles K. "Chuck" Hazama (born 1932) is a Native Hawaiian and a former mayor of Rochester, Minnesota. He served as Mayor of Rochester for eight, 2-year terms, from 1979 to 1995. Before he was Mayor, he served as the executive director of the Rochester YMCA. Hazama worked to promote Rochester, and his efforts were recognized when Money Magazine named Rochester the number one place to live[1] in 1993. He also worked to create a city-wide system for flood control following Rochester's flood of 1978. In 1995, Chuck Hazama didn't seek re-election and is succeeded by Chuck Canfield.

Currently, Hazama is on the Advisory Council of Malulani Hospitals, where he is a Director of the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center[2] He attended University of Northern Iowa, class of 1957.[3] He also served as the honorary chair for Rochester's Sesquicentennial Celebration in 2004. His wife Aly died in 2002. Chuck has two children: Son, Charles K. Hazama, born in 1959 and daughter, Anne Hazama born in 1961.

See also[edit]

List of mayors of Rochester, Minnesota