My extensive background in law, public service and community activity certainly qualify me to be an intelligent, sensible, constructive and responsive member of the Arden Hills City Council, although I do not mean to disparage my opponent on any of these counts. However, I am the better candidate because my opponent, along with the other incumbents in office, has failed and will continue to fail to achieve a Master Development Agreement with Ramsey County for the long awaited development of the TCAAP property in northern Arden Hills. The Advance Arden Hills team of candidates pledges to promptly negotiate such an agreement which will be equitable, fiscally responsible and forward looking. Much more information on our website, see above.
1) Promptly authorizing development of TCAAP property to enable new housing, parks, employment and commerce.
2) Achieving fiscal responsibility, now lacking, by authorizing TCAAP development, thereby beginning recovery of $44 million invested by Ramsey County and Arden Hills and increasing tax base by obtaining estimated $700 million in new investment.
3) Overcoming status quo'ism in city government by increasing openness and receptivity to citizen initiatives.
Drawing upon my career experience in public safety as a Deputy Attorney General and as a criminal prosecutor for Hennepin County, I would propose and work with a citizen committee on public safety to provide a forum for neighborhoods and businesses to air concerns of this nature and to provide a direct link to law enforcement and fire fighting agencies serving the city. Also, I support increased oversight of these agencies for performance and efficiency.
In January 2022, I was honored to be chosen to fill the open seat on the Arden Hills City Council. I am no stranger to challenging work as I have worked with our State Legislature for 30 plus years as a lobbyist. I have also volunteered my time to the city since 2012, serving on the Economic Development Council, the Finance Council and various ad-hoc planning groups for Rice Creek Commons (TCAPP) development. Kathy and I have lived in the Arden Hills area for the last 31 years. We have raised our four kids here, sending them through St. Odilia grade school and Mounds View High School. As a councilman I have utilizing my degrees in Construction Management and Finance as development projects move through the City’s processes.
Rice Creek Commons – get this development shovel ready as soon as possible.
Supporting the Businesses along Lexington Ave south of I-694 and County Road E because of the extraordinary construction circumstances with the rebuilding of this section of roadway.
Maintaining our infrastructure as we have 30 miles of roads, 20 miles of paved trails, 14 parks and 7 lakes that need the city funds and attention plus build a new Fire Station in Arden Hills.
Night to Unite is a great program. It is a super way to get to know each other; I attend and encourage neighbors to do so as well. Currently we have Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department for police services. The city contracts to have a police officer on duty 24 hours a day. This is a shared agreement with the cities of Falcon Heights, Little Canada, North Oaks, Shoreview, Vadnais Heights, and White Bear Township, which as proven to be the most cost-effective coverage for us.