Minnesota elections 2020: Lake Elmo City Council

12October 2020

LAKE ELMO CITY COUNCIL

Katrina Beckstrom

  • Age: 47

    Katrina Beckstrom

  • What qualifies you to hold this position?

    I have served on the Lake Elmo public safety committee for over 3 years; will bring to council over 10 years of community based public service knowledge and experience; 20 years of of professional leadership, change management and data analytics experience in non-profit corporate healthcare
  • What would your top priorities be if elected? Our city has grown over the past few years, we are now seeing that some of our infrastructure, services and resources have not adequately evolved with our population . One of my top priorities will be to balance growth with our city infrastructure and services.
  • What do you think is the primary role of government?

    The role of local government is to represent the voice of the community in the planning, development, and decision-making processes for the city. They are responsible for ensuring public safety, defining and maintaining land use, infrastructure changes and maintenance, and protecting parks and open spaces.
  • How would you rate Minnesota’s response to the coronavirus? What would you do differently?

    I believe there should have been a more collaborative approach to our state’s response to the pandemic between the governor and our legislators. I would have liked to see the Governor partner with democrats and republicans to negotiate a plan for the state that could be supported by all our leaders and would bring our communities together.
  • Website or contact: KatrinaforLakeElmo.com

Justin Bloyer

  • Age: 43

    Justin Bloyer

  • What qualifies you to hold this position?

    Experience: I have served on the Lake Elmo Parks and Planning Commission prior to my eight years on the city council. I have shown strong leadership through good and bad times in Lake Elmo, bringing us to where we are today, a transparent, civil, functioning government, with one of the lowest tax rates in Washington County.
  • What would your top priorities be if elected?

    Continue the current trajectory the city has been on for the last four years. We will continue to build a strong competent staff to serve residents. Continue to manage growth that fits the character of Lake Elmo while complying with Met Council directions. Finally continue working with the residents to make Lake Elmo a better community to live in.
  • What do you think is the primary role of government?

    The Governments primary role is to protect Life, Liberty, and Property. This has been the backbone of the city for the last 8 years give or take two. Provide top notch police/fire protection and property rights from the farmer to the new resident who wants a deck addition. The city now works with our residents not against.
  • How would you rate Minnesota’s response to the coronavirus? What would you do differently?

    Lake Elmo received $792,000 in coronavirus funds in 2020. Our staff has done a fantastic job allocating the funds where they have been needed most. We have used funds for PPE, paid for an increase in emergency response, and used the funds to help fill the gaps with regard to employee absence due to corona leave.
  • Website or contact: justinbloyer.com

Charles Cadenhead

  • Age: 51

    Charles Cadenhead

  • What qualifies you to hold this position?

    With over 26 years of professional experience as an engineer working in both government and private practice I bring a unique understanding of processes to the table for the residents of Lake Elmo. I have lived in Lake Elmo for 15 years, volunteered for various activities, and currently chair the planning commission for Lake Elmo.
  • What would your top priorities be if elected?

    As the mayor of Lake Elmo I would strive to bring in a more balanced tax base. Lake Elmo is currently unbalanced and heavily dependent on residential property taxes for city responsibilities. In order to reduce the burden on the residential tax base we need to be friendly to businesses. Businesses in Lake Elmo will provide a lot of opportunity!
  • What do you think is the primary role of government?

    The very primary role of city government is to serve the needs of the residents. I believe that city government is here to help the residents with clear, transparent, and efficient actions. Particular attention should be paid to infrastructure, public safety, and parks and recreation/natural environmental of our city.
  • How would you rate Minnesota’s response to the coronavirus? What would you do differently?

    I think that at the beginning Minnesota responded appropriately with the information that we had at the time. As the year has progressed it would be nice to have more answers as to how coronavirus can be mitigated more effectively. Unfortunately it seems that nobody has the full answer.
  • Website or contact: CadenheadforMayor.com

Jeff Holtz

  • Age: 36

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    Jeff Holtz

  • What qualifies you to hold this position?

    I know what it takes to serve my community by listening, being information driven, and coming together to find solutions. I am a second term city planning commissioner. I am on the 3M PFAS Settlement Workgroup to protect our health and our drinking water supply. I also served on the ISD 834 Community Design Team as a city planning representative.
  • What would your top priorities be if elected?

    My first priority is to start work on the 3M settlement solutions for our drinking water. I have worked on this process for 2 years and can start immediately on the solutions. Our health and safety is my top priority. I also want to focus on infrastructure and the development of our I-94 business district to broaden our tax base and help residents.
  • What do you think is the primary role of government?

    Our government exists to provide us all the opportunity of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Our government has created institutions for national defense, to protect our health, safety, and environment, to build core infrastructure, to provide public education, and other institutions to ensure we all have those enshrined opportunities.
  • How would you rate Minnesota’s response to the coronavirus? What would you do differently?

    I believe Minnesota has been better than most states in handling this pandemic. The data supports this view but it can change instantly. We must stay cognizant of our how our actions can impact our fellow community members. I would have liked to have seen more unity and a common understanding of how together we can tackle this pandemic.
  • Website or contact: HoltzforCouncil.com; Facebook @HoltzforLECityCouncil

Matthew A Howe

  • Age: 44

    Matt Howe

  • What qualifies you to hold this position?

    A high integrity proven business leader with a strong spirit of service. 22 years experience in commercial lending, managing teams while collaborating with stakeholders to achieve results. My financial background brings experience needed for our growing city with an expanding budget. Youth coach, TMA board member and active community volunteer.
  • What would your top priorities be if elected?

    Fiscal responsibility of tax payers money; ensure funds are allocated to projects in a responsible manner. Listen to the needs and wants of all residents. Engage in authentic conversations related to decisions made by council. Balancing growth with preservation of parks, open spaces, downtown and farms. Safety and infrastructure related to growth.
  • What do you think is the primary role of government?

    To me role of government is to provide services to the community; police, fire, roads, education, social services and environmental protection. Services that one cannot attain on their own and ones that service basic human rights, life, liberty, pursuit of happiness.
  • How would you rate Minnesota’s response to the coronavirus? What would you do differently?

    I was supportive of the Governor’s response but the shutdown efforts have not yielded the desired result. The pandemic continues spread and languish 6 months in; the curve was flattened but the spread continues. It’ll be years before we can fully assess what alternative steps could have been taken but its clear the steps taken didn’t work.
  • Website or contact: https://matthowelakeelmo.com

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