In 2017, residents of Lino Lakes will elect a mayor to serve a two-year term. Jeff Reinert is running unopposed.
About: I moved to Lino Lakes 42 years ago when I was a freshman at Centennial High School and Lino Lakes only had 4,500 residents. Over the years I got to know Lino Lakes and its residents. I have watched and participated in the growth of our city for 18 years.
I have been married for 29 years and raised three daughters who have now graduated from college. For my day job, I am co-founder of a bio-tech company called MNPHARM. We manufacturer regenerative recombinant proteins for medical research. Research scientists use our proteins to help develop new therapeutic treatments. Our recent work has been with the Mayo Clinic, the UMN, UC Irvine and ASU.
My philosophy as mayor has always been the same. Every decision I make is about “Preserving Our Quality of Life“. This is done by protecting people’s individual liberty and their economic freedom. I believe in the principles that founded this country not the political correctness that is destroying it.
Although our city is on a great path, I have concerns about development and overspending. Please support candidates that have the right vision for our city, not one issue candidates that have a chip on their shoulder.
Important Issues: Federal, State and special interest groups continually go after our city budget. Experience matters and it takes a while in office to know when to say no to the industry of government. People elected that “go along to get along” cost our tax payers every time. Keeping resident’s safe and free from being over taxed are our most important jobs.
In my years as mayor, we lowered taxes, added new restaurants and businesses and over 10% of our roads have been resurfaced. Also, our new fire service is a huge success and is out shining all previous response times making our residents safer while lowering our operating cost.
A future concern is development. I support higher quality and lower density development that I refer to as “Rural by Design”. There are current pressures to add a lot of high density. Support those that have the will to resist undesirable development.
Goals if Elected: Public Works Facility: We are currently assessing the needs of our public works facility to update offices and add indoor storage for our trucks and equipment. Some are promoting (with misinformation about poor working conditions) that we spend almost $13 million dollars. Do not vote for these people because spending $13M is not necessary. A fraction of this amount will do the updates needed and provide for additional indoor storage.
Parks and Trails: I recently recommended that we implement a new “Park and Trail Management Plan”. This plan is like the “Pavement Management Plan” we implemented in 2004 that has allowed street maintenance and repairs in our city to progress forward rather than fall behind. The Park and Trail Management Plan will include an inventory of our assets and assess our needs into the future allowing us to dedicate “the correct” annual budget to properly maintain our parks and trails.
Endorsements: None listed.