I have successfully served nearly two terms as New Ulm’s Ward 4 councilor and bring valuable, hands-on experience to this election. I am down to earth and always available to address residents’ concerns, not only from my ward but also the city at large. From 10 years working on city planning and zoning to participating on the RENU committee and the Historical Preservation and Sister Cities commissions, I know how to respectfully listen, ask the right questions, and find fair, responsible solutions. Currently, as a member of the comprehensive plan committee, I’m exploring options for future development of our city. I am a sixth-generation New Ulm resident, a 23-year employee of 3M, and I’m committed to helping the city be its best.
My top priority will be to remain a reliable go-to resource for all New Ulm residents. I will listen, respond, and follow through, asking the right people the right questions. In terms of agenda, of high priority will be supporting businesses of all kinds, helping them find ways to grow. I will also explore options for expanding workforce housing, from apartments and town houses to single-family homes. Downtown revitalization will be a priority, too, including retail, restaurants, and housing.
As safety concerns are expressed by residents—e.g., poorly lit areas, sightline obstructions, dangerous pedestrian crossings, suspicious behavior—I will bring them to the attention of the safety commission for review and follow up as needed. I will encourage local organizations to create more family-friendly neighborhood activities and events throughout the year, like National Night Out. Knowing your neighbors is a great step toward a safer community.
I bring a fresh perspective to the New Ulm City Council. I have the unique opportunity of experiencing New Ulm as a college student, as a several times a year visitor, and as a resident. In me, you will have someone who has history with the city, but who is not tied down by preconceived ideas. I am committed to making my community the best it can be, as evidenced by sitting on multiple city commissions and committees and by my involvement with the Chamber as area nonprofits. Next year New Ulm will create a strategic plan that will create goals and lay out how those goals will be reached. My background as a strategic planner and my experiences with New Ulm position me to be the best candidate for this important work.
1. Workforce Development. The city of New Ulm is experiencing a severe worker shortage. From small business to big employers, new employees are needed in all sectors.
2. Increase Housing Units. People want to move to New Ulm and work here, but they face limited housing opportunities, both in single and multi-family housing.
3. Daycare. Daycare spots are as scarce as homes. With the high level of families where all parents are in the workforce, this issue must be addressed.
Public safety is a complex topic and encompasses more than our police and fire departments. Chief Borchert told me that he estimates that 100% of our patrol officers have a mental illness call of some type in any given month. Patients presenting with mental health issues sometimes stay in the ER for days until a bed opens. Different entities are working collaboratively to address this issue in New Ulm. I will work with these groups to promote their efforts and find ways the city can be involved.