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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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    Samba Fall
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    Karen Jaeger
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    Kristy Janigo
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    Rachelle Johnson
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    Loren Junes
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    Travis Mitchell
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    James Robbins
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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)

Thank you for asking. I believe I am one of the best candidates for Maple Grove's City Council because I will bring a voice to the decision making table that is not yet being heard. The City of Maple Grove is changing and it is time for our local government to reflect that change as well. My name is Samba Fall and I am a proud US Citizen, an immigrant from Senegal, I have lived in Minnesota for the past 22 years, and I call the City of Maple Grove my home. It is important for ALL of Maple Grove's residents, including the members of the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) to feel welcomed and included in the city where they live, work, worship, and play. It's time to have a more relevant and stronger local government.
If elected my top three priorities will be the following: 1) To support the continued economic growth of new businesses in Maple Grove, including support for the establishment of more female and minority owned businesses. 2) To improve the parks and recreational venues available in our city to serve our growing and diverse community, and 3) I hope to improve public safety in our city by working on improving the communication and trust between our police officers and ALL residents in our city.
To promote public safety, I will work towards creating a better MG police and community partnership founded on mutual respect between police officers and our residents. I support more training of officers to better respond to people with mental health issues. I also support the need to increase de-escalation training and pivoting resources towards non-violent crisis interventions. Ideally, I would also like to see more diversity in our MG police force to reflect the city it serves and protects.
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I am the best candidate because I not only bring experience, but I also bring a fresh set of eyes. Working at the county level for almost two years, I’ve worked on a variety of policy areas. I understand how local governments create both their capital improvement plans and operational budgets because I’ve been a part of the process. I’ve had the chance to compare how cities in the Northwest Metro work, the differences in their city codes, their comprehensive planning documents, and I’ve gotten to know their elected leaders, police and fire chiefs, city administrators, city engineers, and also front-line staff including the people in these positions in Maple Grove. I have heard from many we need a fresh perspective on council.
Environment: I support managing growth to protect and preserve natural resources, increasing energy efficiency, and cleaning up waterways. Inclusion: I will listen with compassion and be responsive to all residents. I support the city’s recent effort to start a diversity, equity, and inclusion work group of city employees. Public Safety: I believe in a trusting relationship among our community and first responders. We need training and technology for efficient and safe policing and fire fighting
As a military veteran and with my brother a law enforcement leader, public safety is personal. On the campaign trail, I’ve talked about three t’s of public safety: trust, training, and technology. Trust: we need to continue to look for ways for first responders to meet community members where they are at. Training: I support cutting edge training and peer mentoring after a critical incident. Technology: I want to ensure our police and fire teams are consistently outfitted with modern technology.
I have lived in Maple Grove for 12 years with my husband of 18 years and 2 teenage kids who attend our public schools. I have enjoyed serving in the community in several ways. I have been a substitute teacher in our Maple Grove schools for 8 years, have a professional background in Finance Management and a degree in Marketing. I have served on many committees but most recently on the DPAC and ECMAC committees for School District 279 and on the Maple Grove Community Center Task Force. I believe that with my professional background in Finance/Business coupled with my ground level involvement in the life of the community provides me with a well-rounded perspective that will complement the work we are already doing here in Maple Grove.
I believe the main purpose of government is to provide Infrastructure and Public Safety. Access to high-quality city services such as utilities, roads, parks, lakes, trails, community development, the community center, our government center and interactions with staff and local elected officials are essential to create a vibrate community with healthy economic growth. We also cannot have a thriving city without prioritizing and ensuring safety for our residents and businesses.
I will support a budget and all efforts to maintain our level of commitment to Public Safety. Our city is safe and fully staffed, but we need to keep it that way by being competitive in hiring and retention policies. We can also reduce the need for enforcement by proactively addressing all aspects of public safety like infrastructure design, communication, and education. I also support our recent addition of an imbedded social worker for the purpose of connecting residents with resources.
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A resident of Maple Grove for 30 years. In our community, I have coached youth sports, played in the church praise band and taught Sunday school. I am a conservative, and will be your conservative voice, from budgeting, oversite and transparency. I will be an advocate for helping residence understand the core instruments of your city government via easy access to the data that is driving decisions. Such as, city plans, tax assessing, how it really works. Public transportation, what is behind some of the decisions made. Metropolitan Council, how much power do they have over local city decisions, This energy will help engage more residents to connect with city government amplifying feedback for improved local government overall.
1. Continue the legacy, build on the great foundation already developed ensuring continued success for the future of Maple Grove. 2. No agendas, they are not part of my platform, rather stay the historical course via approvals, rejecting ideas and concepts that could drastically change or harm the residence of Maple Grove. 3. Affordable housing, create developments that are similar to the historical 1200 square foot ramble. Some of the most desired and successful housing in the metro area.
By not abusing council powers. City governments are a very powerful form of government. The first question that should be considered by the council is, do any policing decisions violate the peoples rights under the US Constitution. Over policing is not public safety. Protecting individual rights is protecting and serving. The police have done a better job lately from over policing. A few years ago, heavily over policed. A heavy hand was needed during the riots, A job well done by MG police.
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