I was elected in 2018 to my first term on the West St. Paul City Council as only the sixth woman and first ever openly LGBTQ+ person to serve in our city. It has been an honor to serve you over the past four years. When I ran for city council in 2018, I was motivated to make sure all our residents have a voice in what happens in our community. My priority was to build our community stronger every day – while celebrating diversity, increasing accessibility, and being smart with taxpayer money – so people could continue to be proud to live, work, go to school, and visit West St. Paul.
As your council person for the next four years, I look forward to continuing on this path.
Our city is in a comfortable spot financially, and I want to make sure we stay there while exploring ways to further enhance the quality of life in West St. Paul and keeping our city affordable for both new residents and folks that have spent their entire lives here.
I bring nearly 15 years of human resources experience to the West St. Paul City Council. This experience has helped me navigate difficult conversations with community members on topics that are important to them. I welcome these conversations, and appreciate when residents take the time to share with me. I’m also experienced in policy creation and adherence, and enjoy thinking critically with an eye on long-term impact.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Industrial & Organizational Psychology, a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate from the University of South Florida, and am currently pursuing a certificate in Inclusive and Ethical Leadership.
I’ve always enjoyed giving my time to many community-building organizations. I’ve participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure six times, raising over $20,000 for breast cancer research by walking a grand total of 180 miles. I’ve also built houses with Habitat for Humanity, and braved icy waters for the Special Olympics of Minnesota’s Polar Plunge three times. I’ve spoken to high school seniors about teamwork, job searching, and resume building as they prepare for college, and have conducted mock job interviews at a statewide business venture program. For two semesters I’ve enjoyed being a mentor for Two Rivers High School freshmen during their Freshman Warrior class. Our family volunteers with Healing Hearts Rescue as a foster home for dogs that are in need of a new forever home.
My wife, Amelia, and I bought our West St. Paul home in 2015 after renting in Minneapolis for years, and we can’t imagine calling anywhere else home with our three kids – Ash (25), Oslo (7), and Ellis (4). Oslo and Ellis have both attended Park & Rec Advisory Committee and South Metro Fire Board meetings, as it’s important to Amelia and me to show them how important diversity and representation are in their local government.
If you share my values in keeping West St. Paul a welcoming, financially healthy, and family-friendly place to live, please join me in my campaign to continue representing West St. Paul’s Ward 3 in 2022. Thank you.