Incumbents John Elder and Jonathan London are running unopposed in the New Hope City Council election.

Absentee voting is available at the city hall until Nov. 5. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6. To find a polling location, visit pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us.

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JOHN ELDER

John A. Elder

Address: 8525 27th Place North

Age: 53

Family: Married, three children, ages 23, 24 and 25

Education: Masters Degree in Public Safety Administration

Occupation: Director of Public Affairs, Minneapolis Police Department

Years in city: 30

Community involvement: Seven Dreams Educational Foundation Board of Directors; Basset Creek Watershed Management Commission Board Member; West Metro Fire Department Board of Directors; Regional Coordinator at local church; Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast committee

Contact: Johnaelder58@gmail.com, 763-913-1472

Why are you seeking re-election to the New Hope City Council?

I believe that our city is on the right track and I want that to continue. Service to the residents and visitors of New Hope has been a passion of mine since I joined the New Hope PD in 1999. After leaving the police department I saw the opportunity to continue this service as a council member. The residents need someone on the council that they can speak to and can advocate on their behalf. I have been lucky enough to do this since 2007. I ask the voters to allow me to do that for four more years.

What do you see as the main hurdles facing the council in the next few years?

Our aging infrastructure, higher taxes than preferred (especially for those on a fixed income), and housing stock.

What are your priorities and top goals for the upcoming term, and how do intend to achieve those goals?

We need to ensure that we stay strong with our infrastructure improvements to avoid catastrophic failures. Keeping a tough line on spending and saving where we can will help taxation stress on our residents. The community development division of our city has been very aggressive in our home revitalization program by purchasing dilapidated homes and either having them rehabbed or demolished and new homes put up. This has helped our tax base and promoted a stronger housing stock.

We need to be progressive with looking at what is working in other cities and I expect that each of our directors will work with their peers across the state to find better ways to do business and save money.

Lastly, I am committed to continuing on with public service at the heart of all that I do as your council member. I have been honored to serve you all in this manner. I ask for your support in November to allow me to do this for four more years.

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JONATHAN LONDON

Jonathan D. London

Address: 8516 Hopewood Lane North

Age: 42

Family: Wife, Alison; Children, Matthew and Lauren

Education: B.B.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison, Triple Major; Accounting, Economics and Finance

Occupation: Investment Manager

Years in city: 42

Community involvement: Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion School Chess Club; Junior Achievement; New Hope City Council

Why are you seeking re-election to the New Hope City Council?

I want to continue to improve New Hope! I intend to provide strong governance to ensure city services and public safety are effectively delivered.

What do you see as the main hurdles facing the council in the next few years?

After the issuance of $30 million in bonds to pay for the new city hall, police station, pool and Civic Center Park, New Hope will have a higher city tax rate relative to surrounding areas for the foreseeable future. There is the possibility that the high tax rate could limit the city’s ability to attract new residents, retain existing residents, act on redevelopment opportunities and continue with strong asset and infrastructure maintenance.

What are your priorities and top goals for the upcoming term, and how do intend to achieve those goals?

My priorities are to continue to provide strong governance with an eye for accountability. I support attractive city amenities, without straining taxpayers. I am advocating for new single-family housing near the ice arena, in addition to supporting continued scattered site housing redevelopment throughout New Hope. Additional priorities include accountable and effective public safety and city services, targeted business redevelopment and proactive ordinance enforcement.

I intend to achieve these goals by maintaining a strong working relationship with the City Manager and Council while supporting Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-based (SMART) goals for city staff and department directors.

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