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Moorhead City Council Member Ward 2

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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    Eileen Johnson

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    Heather Nesemeier

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)

Thanks for taking the time to read about what I have to offer. My husband and I have owned Johnsons Auto Repair in Moorhead since 2015. As a business owner I have learned a lot about the city of Moorhead and have paid lots of taxes. This is where I feel I would be the best candidate for the position. I feel we need to focus on small business and large business retention. This in return would help with residential taxes. I would like to get out and talk with all business owners if elected and see what we can do to help as a city to keep our current businesses and make it attractive for new businesses to want to come to our city. Public Safety is also a big issue I'm concerned about. We as a council need to take this very very seriously!
1) Support local businesses and retention. Welcome new businesses to the area, making businesses want to come to Moorhead. This in return will help residents of Moorhead. 2) Public Safety: support our local law enforcement. Work on ways to help the bad stigma that is happening into more positive. Also work on retention. 3) Work hard on the growing problem of mental health awareness in our area. Investigate on what other cities have done to help with this growing concern we have in our area.
I feel it is very important to work on ways to get all positions filled within our Police Department and our Fire Department. We as a city need to make it appealing. So that we can get applicants that want to come to our area to serve and protect. With this being said it will give us more officers on the streets every shift. In return will give the officers on duty the ability to cover more area in our neighborhoods. When residents see more police presence it makes us feel a sense of safety.
As your current Ward 2 City Council member, I have had the opportunity to engage with a wide variety of constituents: neighbors, small business owners, non-profit directors, cultural leaders, and more. These interactions have motivated me to be on the ballot in November to continue to serve, learn, and grow together. My experience as a leader and advocate with various community, civic, and labor organizations have helped me build valuable connections that I have been able to bring to my work on City Council, giving me a broad perspective when facing challenging decisions. I am invested in Moorhead. I care about the future of this community and I feel that I can continue to make a positive impact as a member of City Council.
My top 3 priorities are: 1. Continued community engagement for smart growth and development throughout our city, including affordable housing & small businesses, is essential and timely. 2. Maintaining and improving infrastructure while creating more opportunities to get outside, build community, and walk & bike safely around our city for a stronger community. 3. Supporting our community with a focus on best practices and resilience based policies for a healthier population and environment.
We live in an outstanding community. I believe that promoting public safety can be done on multiple levels including, recruiting, hiring and retaining first responders, working with Clay County officials and state/national elected officials to gain local support for our mental health concerns, and fostering relationships within neighborhoods among neighbors, as well as first responders. If we approach public safety from many angles, we will build a stronger, safer community together.