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    Kriystauhl Fitchett
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    Chris John
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    Dan Kealey
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    Vince Workman
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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)

As sitting Chair for the Burnsville Economic Development Commission, I’ve heard your concerns about public safety, broadband services and revitalizing Burnsville. I’ve been a resident of Burnsville, Minnesota, since 2006 and in that time I’ve served our local government. I know and understand all branches of our government and I’m more than prepared to serve as your city council member. I have a BA in Political Science; an MA in Public Administration and I am a Certified American Bar Association Paralegal. Currently, I serve as Chair for the Burnsville Economic Development Commission. It would be an honor and a privilege to be a voice for the things that matter to our seniors, the youth and everyone in-between.
1). Public Safety 2). Community Vibrancy - Burnsville Beautiful 3). Sustainability and Responsible Budget Stewardship
Work with the community to understand and identify areas experiencing the highest level of trauma and unaddressed needs. Adopt strategies that demonstrate community partnerships, organizational transformation, and shared problem-solving with the City Council and law enforcement, while at the same time, ensuring we have the tools, resources, and professional staffing necessary help residents, business owners, visitors, and staff feel safe and mutually respected.
I have been an active volunteer in Burnsville since my wife and I chose Burnsville as the place to raise our family back in 2004. We love the sense of community feel Burnsville always had to offer. My priorities will always revolve around keeping that sense of community alive. I am the current Chair of the Burnsville Planning Commission and prior to that I had served two full terms on the Economic Development Commission. My work on these commissions has given me enormous exposure to the innerworkings of our city government. I am an accountant by trade, so I have experience in financial budgeting and reporting. By volunteering on the ISD 191 Finance Committee I learned the intricacies of budgeting utilizing government funds accounting.
First, we need to increase city staffing back up to sufficient levels. A recent study conducted by Ehlers Financial Advisors found that our city is understaffed by 44.5 full time equivalents (FTE). Secondly, we need to either stay involved in the Dakota Broadband Board or upgrade our internet infrastructure and promote competition between the ISPs. Thirdly, we need to do what it takes to properly safe-guard our drinking water from any possible contaminants in the Burnsville Freeway Landfill.
As a council our work really revolves around two key issues; economic issues and public safety issues. From my perspective public safety always trumps over any possible economic gains in any project or policy brought before us. More specifically I advocate for bike lanes, sidewalks, and safe crosswalks in the streets. I advocate to increase staffing levels in our emergency services to the proper levels. Finally, I am a big fan of the Burnsville PD's recent addition of a Behavior Health Unit.
In 16 years of service to the community I have constantly challenged the priorities and programming of the city to ensure innovation and efficiency are never left behind. I suggest common sense solutions and make informed decisions by reading, listening and learning from all perspectives. Leadership is not defined by single issue, but by inspiring others & improving our community. Face-to-face meetings with residents keeps me grounded and humble. Our wonderfully diverse population is reflected in my leadership on both the City Council and as the new President & Chair of the Board of our City Festival & Fire Muster, where I led dramatic changes to create a truly inclusive event that is welcoming to all citizens of Burnsville.
#1) Safety- Our citizens demand a safe city to live, work and play. If they don't feel safe, they move out. I am an adament and unwavering supporter of our Police and support adding more police officers to strengthen our ability to remain a safe city.

#2) Economic Development- I strongly advocated 7 years to remove our no rental policy. In 2016 I succeeded and we have been in a building boom since! #3) Preserve drinking water by cleaning up EPA Superfund landfills! #1 Environmental priority!
Since first running for office in 2006, I have provided unwavering support of our public safety departments & I currently support a proposed increase in both Police Officers & Paramedic Fire Fighters to maintain Public Safety/population ratios to ensure our brave men & women are not overworked & stressed out to meet the changing needs of our growing community, including new calls for behavioral health responses in police and also in paramedic health calls. This is a non-negotiable support!
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