I moved to Blaine 6 years ago, and currently reside in ward 3 with my wife, Elma, and my two children, Vinny (4) and Amelia (6 months). My family and I enjoy taking walks through the expansive Blaine trails system, spending time at the beach, and going to outdoor events like concerts, farmers markets and local festivals. Additionally, I am a veteran of the U.S army and continue to help other veterans as the Director of Veterans Programs and Memorial Affairs. In my role I oversee our mission to end veteran homelessness in Minnesota, our State Veterans Cemeteries, and our state funded veterans programs for those in need. I am passionate about serving others and I hope to continue doing so for my local community.
I attended the University of Minnesota, and earned my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance, with a minor in Family Violence. Shortly after, I attended Hamline University and earned my Master’s degree in Public Administration. I have been a member of the United States Army Reserves since 2002, and have been working for the Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs for 9 years. Most recently I was elected to Blaine City Council in 2016, and I hope to use the experience I have gained in my previous term as a councilmember to better represent the residents of Blaine in the coming years.
In 2017, I promoted that Blaine engaged in smart development. I wanted to ensure that we sought out businesses that our residents wanted to see in Blaine. I have continued to meet and recruit businesses such as Whole Foods, Kwik Trip, Hyvee, and several restaurants in order to ensure they would build in Blaine.
In my first campaign, I ran on ensuring safety in our city. With my time on the council, I have been able to successfully advocate for the development of the City Emergency Manager position within the police department. This has been an integral part to the city, and allowed us to host the PGA tournament for the first time, and also in preparing for and managing our response to the COVID-19 epidemic and most recent civic unrest. Thinking into the future has made our city more prepared and allowed us to be leaders in helping surrounding areas who have asked for our guidance and recommendations in this time.
Ensuring that our city government’s decisions reflect those of our diverse residents is critical. I have been successful in enacting term limits on city boards and commissions to ensure that we are affording all of our residents an opportunity to serve and that our boards and commissions do not become stagnant with the same thought processes.
I advocated for 5 and 10 year capital expenditure plans in Blaine so that we can identify public works and parks expenditures further into the future. This is to ensure our budget can handle future demands and we can proactively solve funding problems. This helped us achieve and maintain our AAA bond rating which we received in 2019. We are one of only 22 cities in Minnesota who have achieved this rating.
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