I am running for Ward 4 St. Paul City Council because I am a progressive thinker who believes in a city where everyone is valued and has an opportunity to be heard. As the Executive Director of a local non-profit for the past four years, Friends of the Parks and Trails of St. Paul and Ramsey County, I have worked extensively within the community and with City Hall.
Representative, Transparent & Inclusive Government
I believe in representative, transparent, open, and inclusive government that is held accountable. When I learned that our city’s Planning Commission had 9 vacancies and no representation from Ward 4 during decision-making related to the soccer stadium, I took action. Together with other community activists, we organized and worked for 18 months alongside then-Mayor Chris Coleman and two City Council Members to fill out Saint Paul’s 30 commissions and committees with ethnically diverse and geographically representative appointments. When he left office, Mayor Coleman highlighted these appointments as one of his proudest accomplishments.
I work to change systems that are not functioning and that perpetuate cycles of poverty and inequality.
I believe a budget is a moral document.
I believe in strong neighborhoods and common sense development with a smart, inclusive, transparent planning process. Building projects should knit communities together instead of tear them apart.
I believe our diversity is not only our strength, but what makes a community interesting and more resilient and adaptable to change.
I believe public service is just that, service to the public. Our government is us, funded by us, and we live with the consequences of decisions that elected officials make. The taxpayers are the employer and the elected representatives are the employees.
Accessible & Responsive
I will be a visible and engaged ward representative. As the Ward 4 City Council member, Ward 4 will know who I am, what I look like, where to find me, and how to reach me.
I believe St. Paul is a city and not seven independent wards. Decisions affect us all. We’re in this together.
I am a critical thinker with a big-picture view but I pay attention to details. I do my homework, actually read legal documents to see if we’re getting what we think we’re getting, and ask tough questions that aren’t always popular.
I understand that parks are an economic asset as much as an environmental one. Parks, trails and recreation centers are building blocks for healthy and vital communities. Kids that have access to green space do better in school. Employers need a creative and well-trained work force and our future business leaders are our students of today.
I believe that knowledge is power and democracy dies in darkness.
I am an experienced, persistent, energetic, dedicated problem solver who works hard.
I believe integrity and civility are important.
I am good at prioritizing, organizing, and getting stuff done.
I believe I have what it takes to represent Ward 4.