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A council member serves on the city council. The city council makes any decisions on behalf of the city. This includes authorizing spending and adopting local laws. They oversee all city activities, including city services, programs, licensing, public safety, and more.

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    Gary A. Bakken
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    Tom Lillehei
    (NP)

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    Michael Moroni
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    Brad Scott
    (NP)

Información Biográfica

Why are you the best candidate for this position? (750 characters)

If elected, what will your top three priorities be and why? (500 characters)

How will you work with your community to promote public safety in our neighborhoods? (500 characters)

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I have a personal passion to serve the city and am clearly the most qualified candidate on the slate. My experience includes four years on Planning and Zoning Commission (two as chairman), four years on City Council, six years as Mayor, and 1½ years again on City Council. Experience, leadership, and results. As Mayor I facilitated the approval and building of the CRMC Clinic in Breezy Point. Worked with Planning and Zoning and Land Services to reduce the number of tax forfeit lots within the city. Reduction in debt load by establishing a pay-as-you-go policy to reserve money ahead of major projects such that Breezy Point is currently debt free. As Mayor I had an open-door policy with regular office hours to listen to anyone on any subject.
1. Buschmann Road – This is Breezy Point’s most dangerous road due to poor sight lines, truck traffic, hills, and deteriorating road surface. 2. Short Term Rentals – This is an issue due to lack of effective oversight, ineffective regulation, conflicts with county regulations, and abuse by some renters. 3. Workforce Housing – Currently Breezy Point has no long-term rental housing. This housing is needed by new residents, primarily families, to the area before permanent housing can be obtained.
Breezy Point is currently a very safe community. Crime is very low, and the Police/Paramedic program is the best and most effective program in the State of Minnesota for a city our size. I am committed to maintain this level of excellence. The police are very effective in maintaining a safe environment despite even being a primary resort community. With the population increasing every year, I will be working toward adding one additional police force member next year.
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I have several life experiences to bring to this position from the 10+ years in the military to being a parent of special needs adults. In not having held elected office before, I represent change in the new ideas I can offer. Through my professional career as a manager of public organizations, I understand public engagement in a way that would be of value. More than anything I believe in public service and being a voice for all people . Communities are "better together" and I will do everything I can to promote and advance this idea. Transparency, listening to public feedback and cost effectiveness are a few core beliefs I would bring into this position.
I believe elected officials have a duty to identify priorities after being elected in taking the time to understand where the organization is struggling or could do better, so that is how I would approach coming up with the true top priorities. I do believe the City can improve in cost efficiencies over-all so the tax burden doesn't continue to increase year over year. I also believe the City can improve on public engagement to ensure City Hall is a welcoming collaborative place.
The City Council as a whole working with public safety needs to identify different approaches to promoting safety in the community- again, its this idea of "better together". City provided resources like police officers alone is not going to truly make the community safer; it takes people in the neighborhoods themselves to be invited into having a role. I would encourage a place to start is by gathering public input on what people believe are ideas for strengthening safety in the community.