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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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    Todd M. Albers
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    Dino DesLauriers
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    Ryan D. Kaplan
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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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Campaign Mailing Address 342 Hamel Rd
Hamel, MN 55340
As a lifelong resident of the City of Medina my wife Meredith and I have raised 3 children here, spent over 28 years being actively involved in the local community organizations and have a family history in Medina that goes back over 140 years, I’m truly grateful for the traditions. In addition to a long history in the city I bring fiscal responsibility with public money and years of diligent oversight protecting residential and commercial development to ensure all residents have a voice and their issues come first and foremost.
The most important issue facing Medina continues to be the enforcement and guidance of the 2020-2040 Comprehensive plan while sustaining and enhancing the quality of life of all residents and protecting our significant natural resources and parks throughout the City of Medina. It’s important we manage this growth while continuing to maintain a strong police and fire department infrastructure that provide unparalleled service to our residents on a daily basis. We must be better each day.
Public safety promotion is not an annual exercise, it’s a daily commitment by elected officials, city staff and residents of the community to emphasize we’re in this together and we all have a common goal for a safer community. The commitment to our police and fire departments has always been a high priority and this is evident in their longevity, daily contributions, unparalleled commitment and involvement in the community. We strongly support our public service departments.
As a 17- year attorney, I bring a unique perspective in that I have focused on corporate, real estate, and other transactional matters. Therefore, I am aware of how businesses and real estate policies can affect property values, taxes, and demographics. My career has been based on solving issues, acting as liaison between differing parties, and finding creative ways to improve the organizations with which I have been involved.

I have focused on community service for most of my professional career, including being president and board member of two nonprofits, serving on the pastoral council of our church, serving as board and president of a 700-member MN Lawyers' association, and serving on a neighborhood HOA board.
My top three priorities are:

1. Medina is a beautiful city that is both a suburb of Minneapolis and maintains rural characteristics. I want to make sure that we manage Medina's community growth such that we do not lose its rural beauty.

2. Medina boasts a low tax rate. I would focus on keeping those tax rates low by maintaining a close oversight of Medina's expenses.

3. I would also focus on supporting businesses growth and success, but again subject to keeping our rural atmosphere.
A community is safest when there is mutual trust and respect between the police force and its residents. I would promote events where people would have the opportunity to meet and interact with Medina's police force and have the police provide basic training for our residents to protect themselves. Also, I would work to subsidize neighborhood watches to incentivize neighbors to watch out for one another.