Little Canada City Council Member
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.
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)
The attributes that make me the best candidate for this position are my strong leadership skills and real-world experiences. I can understand and relate to the challenges faced by many citizens because I've also faced many of these problems. From a leadership perspective, I excel in assessment, planning, and effective collaboration to solve complex issues. I'm an empathetic listener and am committed to being a voice for the residents of the city.
I feel that the top three areas of concern for residents right now are related to crime/policing, development in both the housing and business sectors, and safety/pathways. Our contract with the Ramsey County Sheriff Dept. is a significant portion of our city budget. Smart development in housing and business has the potential to increase our tax base to fund other areas. The creation of pathways and lighting can both improve safety and provide enjoyment and exercise for residents.
Safety in our neighborhoods can be approached in many ways. I'd be interested in having conversations about creating a city-run community safety officer program. This would allow us to reduce our dependence on the sheriff's depart. and also create a better sense of connection and community between our own officers and city residents. We can also promote better communication within neighborhoods to enhance the ability of residents to support one another and promote awareness about area activity.
I was born and raised in Little Canada. Little Canada is family to me. I am a mother of 5 children and grandmother to 2. I balance the checkbook. I am a radio Network engineer and am recognized as an expert in my field. I am great at researching, troubleshooting and finding solutions. I am creative and think outside the box. I have served on the City’s Planning Commission for the last five years; during which time we completed the 2040 Comprehensive Plan.
Some top priorities are increasing safety for the residents of Little Canada. I would like to look at the option of having a community service officer dedicated to Little Canada. Ensuring Sheriff and fire departments are funded properly. Finding ways to bring new business to our city while rejuvenating existing business. Find effective ways to cut costs in local government while still serving the needs of our community. Lowering taxes.
Ensuring Sheriff and fire departments are funded properly, while also exploring the possibility of adding a community service officer. I would like to work on building the relationship within the community and neighboring communities. Develop and educate on programs such as "Next door". Bringing the community and neighbors together to “watch out” for each other.
I have been a resident of Little Canada since 1996, with my wife and two sons. I spent many years coaching youth teams and as a member of related sports booster clubs. I have over 40 years of corporate IT experience, managing teams and financial budgets.
For the last nine years, I have been a member of the Little Canada Parks and Recreation Commission; chair for the last six years.
Participated in City planning session and hiring interview for Parks/Rec director and city administrator.
Execution of Parks and Rec Master plan and Pioneer Park plan
City Capital Improvement plan, making sure we keep it current with input from citizens, city and businesses.
Community engagement and communication.
I will promote community engagement and neighborhood groups to focus on prevention rather than reaction. Encourage community events and programs.
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