My wife, Laura, and I moved here in 2002, and fell right in love with our new home city. We were soon finding ways to contribute to help make Red Wing better for all of us; to maintain the social quality, natural beauty and cultural charm of our city. I first became civically involved here in working alongside many other residents to keep our riverfront open and accessible to all. That experience taught me the power collaboration can have to create positive outcomes, as well as developing insight as to how our planning process affects all of us.
I followed that citizen involvement up by serving on our city Charter Commission, where I served for eight years with three years as Chair, working for local government that focused on people. I continued my service on the Red Wing Sustainability Commission, which taught me that there are so many opportunities for doing good both fiscally and environmentally. If we work together to identify those opportunities we can guide the growth of Red Wing in a positive way for our whole community. Along of these paths I have been focused on collaboration and results, and I will bring those skills to the Council.
I believe that representing people starts with listening first, then working with them to bring ideas to the City Council. We need to capitalize on our strengths: our hard-working citizens, our scenic natural beauty, and our position as an important regional center, with the goals of economic vitality and the long-term sustainability of our natural resources and historic treasures. We need to build, support, and sustain our local economy by making sure we support local businesses.
Red Wing offers so much, and I want to partner with citizens to make it even better - a better place to work, live, and raise a family. I know we can attract more good paying jobs with benefits and preserve and improve our high quality of life and our environment for future generations. We need to look forward to make sure that happens, for our citizens now and for our citizens who will be.