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Detroit Lakes City Council Member at Large

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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    Natalie Bly
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    Jackie Buboltz
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    Jaimie J. Deraney
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    Celeste Koppe
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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 grew up in Detroit Lakes and have been back for almost two years. Since graduating from DLHS, I've worked in the fields of community and economic development, which uniquely positions me to be well informed on key issues facing our community. More importantly, my experience with nonprofits, cultural centers, and philanthropy at West Central Initiative has given me tools to address these issues.

Aside from the technical skills and knowledge, one of the greatest compliments I've ever received is, "Wow, you care deeply about community and that shows in your work". I believe that's what really makes me the best candidate. I show up prepared and ready to give the task at hand my all, and will certainly bring this mentality to city council.
My top three priorities are: childcare, housing and workforce development. These issues are not unique to Detroit Lakes, or Minnesota, but I believe that we need to keep chipping away at these interconnected challenges by examining the problems and talking to other communities about solutions. Moreover, I will take a creative financing approach to all issues, meaning I will consider state and federal grants and public and private partnerships to lessen the burden on taxpayers.
I will focus on building new partnerships between emergency professionals and other community leaders in order to address the root problems of issues that pose a threat to our area. Much criminal activity in our area is drug related. While law enforcement leaders are working diligently to address the sale of hard drugs, I believe this needs to be a larger community conversation including mental health professionals, educators, and individuals in recovery from substance use disorders.