Our neighborhoods in West St. Paul are filled with people from different backgrounds, who are involved in different things and live here for different reasons. I love this diversity, and I know we can do more to engage people to learn how their differences can help our community grow and improve. We’ve made efforts at acknowledging our residents by recognizing Black History Month, LGBTQIA Pride Month, Native American Heritage Month, Asian American Pacific Islander Month, and several more. We’ve also established a citizen-led Equity Team that meets monthly with the city manager. Those are solid first steps, and there’s still more we can do to make everyone truly feel like they belong in West St. Paul.
Celebrating the diversity of each of us is important. I’ll continue to work hard to give everyone a voice.
Everyone, no matter who they are, wants to feel safe in the place they call home. This looks different for each of us, and as it’s crucial we seek to understand as many of those perspectives as possible. I will continue to maintain open and transparent communication with our fire department and police department.
We work hard for our money in West St. Paul. We better treat it right and know where it goes.
The biggest reason I decided to run for City Council in 2018 is to be able to give people a voice in what decisions are being made and how they’re being prioritized in West St. Paul. We all have different interests and values, and it’s important those are acknowledged. I’ve truly enjoyed learning what’s important to residents along the way.
Whether it’s an email you’ve sent in the middle of the night, a phone call on a Saturday morning, or if you’ve taken the time to speak up during citizen comments at a council meeting, I am better at my job as a City Councilperson when I listen to your needs and wants for the place you call home.