As a West Fargo City Commissioner, I will commit to:
One of the most important things a Commissioner can do is respect the Residents. Respecting Residents is done in many ways. One way I will show my respect for the Residents is by having an open ear and mind to what is discussed. A part of representing Residents is making sure that the Residents' voices are being heard. With any communication, whether questions or concerns, I will acknowledge anything that comes to me. Those who do contact me have taken the time to do so, and it is very important that a Commission listens to them.
Actions speak louder than words. While decisions may be made, I will do my best to bring up any comments, concerns, questions, etc. that are brought up to me to ensure we have as much information as possible to make decisions in the best interest of the Residents.
I am a firm believer in the Golden Rule, "do to others whatever you would like them to do to you." This is something I will take with me to the Commission.
Planning for the future starts right now. West Fargo has experienced unprecedented growth and there is little sign of it slowing down. With growth comes investment from the City in infrastructure and other areas to drive economic development. From the budget process to tax breaks to special assessments, I will carefully consider all variables and make a decision that is best for the Residents of West Fargo and generations that follow.
Taking a proactive approach towards infrastructure projects is another key area that is important. We've seen projects get brushed aside because there has been focus in other areas. It will cost more later if we don't fix what's broken now.
Transparency is something that is talked about often. I will push for greater transparency. If there is a policy change or anything else that directly affects Residents, I will urge the City to communicate it out to anyone affected by the change. I will also do what I can to communicate the changes. Follow me on Facebook to see updates!
Communication is important when it comes to the way our tax money is being spent. Communication has improved over the last few years, but I am committing to work on improving it more. I will work with the City to improve what is being communicated, especially when it comes to public hearings and the legal terminology that is used. There is a gap between the language used, and understanding what is happening. I will work to develop a "layman's" term communication to help the residents better understand what is going on in their City, even if this is something I will pull together on my website and Facebook.
COVID-19 is affecting our community, our Residents, and our businesses. I will work to support everyone as much as possible. It is important that we stay safe and healthy. I believe through a responsible approach, we can start returning things to as close to normal as possible. It is important that you don't do anything you are not comfortable with. I have the safety of my family and other relatives that I help on a weekly basis to consider, I urge everyone to make the best decision possible for you and your family.
There are many other issues that are important to Residents. You can find my views on them here. If you don't see one that you're interested in, send me a note and I'll add it!