St. Paul is a remarkable city and I’m running for City Council in Ward 3 because it’s time to make a change. As I door knock, visit community centers, listen to our engaged residents and hear people’s concerns, one thing is clear: we need an advocate for the people of Ward 3.
We need more government transparency and accountability. Part of being a good advocate is welcoming and engaging all residents. Although, the city holds public meetings, comments are often carefully filtered or ignored by city staff. Staged listening sessions are no substitute for actual citizen engagement.
We need stronger and more effective public safety. With increasing 911 wait times, we need to support our first responders and not make budget cuts that harm the brave men and women who serve as police officers, paramedics, and firefighters.
We need responsible neighborhood development that serves the critical housing and transit needs of all residents making sure that we keep our pedestrians and bikers safe. We want to do our very best to promote new construction and development that meets needs in the community and promotes vibrancy while still protecting the safety and livability of existing neighborhoods. Also, we need to pay close attention to the details of community development programs we are putting in place at a local level to make sure they are efficient, effective, and environmentally sustainable.
Finally, and very importantly, we need basic government services that are well functioning, especially as it relates to fixing our roads and ensuring that our streets are plowed effectively. I will promote responsible and sustainable use of public tax dollars to make sure that we keep our city an affordable place to live, to raise families, and to flourish.
We are building a broad and diverse coalition around these issues so I invite you to join us! Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to talk further.