The role of city mayor can vary from city to city. However, the mayor is usually the head of the city and may represent the city in front of other government bodies. A mayor also usually has a role in proposing a city budget that is approved by the city council. The budget influences the services the city provides to its residents. Mayors sometimes are voting members of city council, and in some cities the mayor is in charge of city council meetings.
As a council member for four years, community advocate for more than 15 years, and resident for 20 years, I consider myself fortunate to live and work in a city I love. I have worked to increase support for our police and fire services, affordable housing stock, small and medium-sized businesses, and improved roads, parks, trails, and sidewalks. I have supported purchasing a Small Business Center and coordinated COVID-19 community response and economic recovery. I am running for Mayor to sustain these gains and ensure that Brooklyn Park remains a thriving community for all its residents.
I have remained committed to working for our community. I am motivated by the responsibility to carry the torch from Mayor Lisa Jacobson with pride.
When elected Mayor of Brooklyn Park, I will focus on public safety, affordable housing, and economic development.
I will laser focus on these three areas because they are the top priorities for residents of Brooklyn Park. Though, public safety is front and center on the minds of most residents, all three issues are interconnected and interrelated.
The crime rate is relatively low, but it does not mean we should rest on our laurels.
As part of my Brooklyn Park Police Department (BPPD) reform efforts, I will work with the community to create a citizens’ police oversight board independent of the City Council and City Administration. It will be tasked with investigating and reviewing complaints and commendations submitted by community members against or supporting BPPD.
However, we will do a thorough deep dive into the inner workings of BPPD as to what is working, what is not, and what needs improvement.
I envision a Brooklyn Park that thrives as a community with safe and clean streets, successful businesses, and quality of life activities that create a strong sense of community for youth, elders, and families.
To do so, I will rely on my leadership experience in business (MBA), and Budget Advisory Commission and volunteer experience to help craft this future. We cannot allow ourselves to be limited in our ability to imagine our future, nor can we rely on an approach that has created our current state of higher crime, and limited resources. I will harness my ability to envision a new future, connect with people that have deep experience and to generate and execute new ideas with community members to realize a better path for our city.
First, Public Safety. We must fully fund police to ensure sure that you are able to realize your right to safety at home. As a city, leadership has dropped the ball.
Second, to maintain safety we must invest in youth programs that provide constructive opportunities for youth to grow safely.
Third, to bring business development to our city, that creates both more jobs and increased city revenue for long term investment in the public safety, youth development, school, and park systems we deserve.
Many communities feel disconnected from police officers. This allows crime to go unreported and diminishes the overall safety of our city. To have a safe city, we all must be safe. I will work tirelessly to grow that trust between all communities, neighborhood by neighborhood, house by house, apt by apt. I will fully fund law enforcement and programs to build those relationships. Lastly, I will work with law enforcement to find new and innovative efforts to prevent and respond to crime.