I have served on the Two Harbors City Council as the councilor for Ward 4 for four years, working on six committees during that time.
Working for IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) Local 242 as election judge was probably my first taste of politics. Since then, I have made an effort to put my viewpoints to work on solutions instead of complaining about various problems and issues. I wanted to try and be a part of the change in the direction and future of Two Harbors. I think the City is in a positive position moving towards new business and promising tourism options. This movement, however, cannot be accomplished by one individual, but the council together as a working group.
I believe my most proud accomplishments are getting the skate park organized, by involving the kids in decision making, applying for grants including the Tony Hawk grant, funds from the City, County and private donations. I’m also proud of helping get the Segog Park updated with safe playground equipment and new parking area by working with the non-profit Segog Community Park Project Group.
I enjoyed being chair of the T.H. utilities committee for four years, during which time a new water tower was built, we monitored natural gas prices and kept an eye on the ever changing infrastructure.
I would like to give a great big thank you to my daughters who helped tremendously during my campaign and my wife Robin for sharing this important part of my life and keeping the home fires burning.
I have served on the city council for 8 years. I started out in politics by serving as a member of the city's planning commission for a few years before running for city council. It's hard to pick just one thing to be most proud of over that time. Getting through the recession while maintaining a positive fund balance, continuing to provide the same or better level of service and keeping property tax increases to a minimum is definitely something I am proud of. The City's dedicated employees are a big reason that this was possible. Another item that comes to mind is the successful lobbying effort to secure funding for the campground expansion project. We have built up a very good relationship with our legislators and their help in securing this funding will help ensure financial security for our city going into the future. I should also mention the City's agreement with Sam Cave. This agreement has laid out a roadmap of what our waterfront should look like after the housing market returns and development begins.