In 2020, Blaine Ward 1 residents will elect a city council member. The candidates on the primary ballot are:
About the Candidate: My candidacy for Blaine City Council continues an on-going commitment to civic and community service in the area I’ve called home for 40 years. My goal is to build upon the many accomplishments and the solid foundation established by Dick Swanson, Wes Hovland, Tom Ryan, current and past City Councils. Dick, Wes, and Tom have been outstanding resources whenever I’ve had questions, concerns or voiced opinions across many topics over many years.
My interactions with the Council, City Staff, neighbors, businesses and Blaine residents has varied across a number of perspectives. Serving as a representative of the Fire Department Board, a Park Board member, Chamber of Commerce Chair, Panther Foundation, and Yellow Ribbon member are a few of the hats I have worn in conversations over the years.
Blaine residents and business owners have, and continue to be, the fundamental base and core root of my perspectives.
Important Issues: As your Ward 1 Council representative I will focus on the three core city functions that we can all agree upon:
1. Public Safety: Police and Fire
2. Public Works: Water and Sewer
3. Roads and Streets
These three core needs for Blaine are essential services for the city. Serving those needs are fundamental to local governance and will be my priorities as your Council representative.
Goals if Elected: My goals for the city are to continue prudent fiscal management of taxpayer dollars by focusing on the core services of local government: police and fire, water and sewer, and roads and streets. These are the key services expected by residents and businesses and require on-going financial investments by everyone.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world and will have long-term repercussions. As a result, Blaine will be faced with some tough decisions in the coming months and years. By focusing on Blaine’s vital services first, the city will continue to be well positioned for the challenges that lie ahead. Electing decision-makers with extensive civic, business, and life experiences is important, now than ever before.
Tom Ryan, Blaine Mayor
Wes Hovland, Ward 1 Council Member
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Address: 8575 Hwy 65 NE, Blaine 55434
About the Candidate: My wife Kari and I have been residents of Blaine for 17 years. We live here in Ward 1 with our two whippets, Diva and Growler. We moved to Blaine in 2003 to be closer to work and we have grown to love the community for its open spaces and easy access to major highways. In our free time, we like to stay active with our dogs and or try cooking new recipes.
Important Issues: I have three primary issues that I would like to address in my campaign. The first is that I would like to encourage transparency and accessibility within the City Council. I want to ensure that residents are at the center of all decision making, as well as aware and involved in the issues being discussed. The second issue I plan to focus on is investing in residents and neighborhoods. Blaine has seen tremendous growth in the last few decades, but we need to ensure that all areas are receiving the attention and finances they need to maintain high-quality infrastructure. Finally, I would like to reduce financial dependency on residents. Blaine needs to utilize outside sources of revenue to increase our spending per resident, without increasing the tax burden. When we reduce financial dependency on residents, we can put more money from our budget towards keeping our neighborhoods safe and well-maintained.
Goals if Elected: I plan to make sure that as a council member I am quick to respond to emails and phone calls so I am accountable and aware of the needs of my constituents. I also would like to use the city newsletter to draw attention to upcoming decisions, and advocate for increased community input before zoning decisions, through community meetings.
Endorsements: None listed.
About the Candidate: I’ve been working in the auto repair industry since 2000. After graduating from Dunwoody’s auto service program in 2004, I purchased my first home in Blaine. I married my lovely wife Tonya in 2011. We had our son in 2016. In 2017 we built our current, and hopefully our last, home.
Shortly afterwards I took a job that provides specialty repair to auto shops and collision shops. Many of the shops in Blaine are customers of mine.
I feel this gives me a unique opportunity both professionally and personally for both the residents and businesses of Blaine to represent them and help make the city thrive.
Important Issues: Traffic. There are many areas in need of improvement. If you’ve driven through the city during rush hour then you know this all too well.
The aging infrastructure of the city needs to be maintained and improved wherever possible.
Goals if Elected: My goals would be to work to i mprove on the important issues the city faces.
Regarding traffic, I understand there are large challenges involved between the city, county, and state when it comes to getting funding for such projects. I’d like to help move that along as best as possible.
Another goal would be to start the rezoning process of any residential areas that just so happen to be next door to areas zoned for heavy industrial.
I know that with the help of some of the talented people that work for the city these things can happen.
Endorsements: None listed
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