Candidate for City Council
City of Minnetrista
FAMILY: Married, two children, two grandchildren
EDUCATION: B.S., M.S., M.B.A., Harvard Executive Classes and Harvard Advanced Management Program
OCCUPATION: Medical Industry Executive/Consultant
Why did you decide to run?
I attended a council meeting August 2019. At the meeting, I observed the Mayor and other Council members being uncivil to a council member. I read some local blog posts including one on the 2019 civil suit against Mayor Whalen, other council members and the “Our Minnetrista” group that resulted in fines to them. I met with council member Shannon Bruce, discussed her views on Minnetrista issues and decided to seek a council seat. In campaigning, I have heard a number of concerns directly from Minnetrista residents that have become my own list of issues to resolve. I believe I can make a difference in addressing those needs.
How are you different than your opponent?
Management Skills, Experience and Education.
From Manager to President, I worked with the heads of different departments, especially Engineering, Finance, and Operations to reach successful project results. I’ve worked with large companies to start-ups with large to small budgets. A council member interacts with the Mayor, other council members and staff and also represents the city on Boards made up of members from several nearby cities, i.e. fire commissions, watershed districts. My experience in reviewing accurate data, making decisions and influencing matters that directly affect the future of Minnetrista residents makes me the best candidate for City Council. My career background and education are on www.linkedin.com.
What are the most important issues facing Minnetrista and how do you plan to address them?
In canvassing for the campaign, I’ve asked our residents for their greatest concerns. A number of issues were voiced but the most prominent one, due to the Covid virus, is steady, dependable, Internet service. This is of paramount and urgent importance for all areas of Minnetrista. Many adults are working from home and many children are being schooled remotely. I know people who can help us get the best possible solutions for Internet service throughout Minnetrista. The first step is to get this topic on the agenda of the Council, then, to enlist the aid of experts, timeline a plan and get it done.
How does your experience and background qualify you as a council member?
Council members do not have the authority to act or make decisions as individuals, therefore, the years that I spent developing “influence management” skills will be required to reach a quorum for the council to give direction and make policy. I spent many years developing and using these skills to get teams with different perspectives to work toward common goals. My strong research and executive skills are needed to determine project costs, taking the initiative to speak with experts to gather information and checking state statutes that govern a particular action being considered.