Dear Neighbor,

Minnetonka is a model of well-run government, but change is inevitable, and good leadership will require excellent communication, collaboration, and creative solutions to meet the challenges and opportunities that face our fair city.

I am running for Minnetonka City Council because I love my community and want to serve it. I believe cities will lead the way on the issues that are most important to us: responsive, responsible governance, excellent schools, preservation of the natural beauty and natural resources that we all value, a thriving business community, and a vibrant, multi-modal transportation system that helps support these priorities. In a city such as ours, it is important to have a strong voice in city government to ensure that we are able to continue to be responsive to the needs of the community, and to lead in areas from energy conservation to infrastructure.

I think listening is a key piece of communication. Over the years, including last year, I have had the opportunity to visit with thousands of neighbors at their doors and listen to what is important to them, and it has given me a deep understanding of Minnetonka values. I also want to encourage the city to continue to meet our residents “where they are” with as many resources as possible. This includes in-person meetings, print notifications, social media, meeting broadcasts, and other digital communication techniques. Employing all these resources allows people to access information and express themselves more easily, and fosters a climate of meaningful, dynamic engagement which is so important to strong communities.

Our mix of seniors, empty nesters, young families, and local businesses are the fabric of our quality of life. So we must be strategic about the housing, transportation, recreation, and services necessary to ensure that all of our residents can access all that Minnetonka has to offer throughout their lives.

I am convinced that local governments do the best work for our citizens. As the vice chair of the Minnetonka Planning Commission, I am proud that the city is already working hard to meet the needs of our community. And the city survey indicates that people are very happy with the services, amenities, and the quality of life in Minnetonka. It will take foresight, preparedness, and some resolve to ensure that development keeps up with the need while preserving our green space, trees, water, and the city’s quiet suburban character. My time as planning commissioner has made me acutely aware of the need for active communication, inclusive collaboration, and creative solutions to address the important issues in our community. I am prepared to move from my advisory role on the commission to a decision-making role on city council.

My husband and I chose to live here because it such a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family. I love Minnetonka and want to give back. I look forward to meeting you and earning your vote.