To the Editor:
Golden Valley Mayor Shep Harris is running for re-election! I’ll be voting for him again and I encourage you to do the same.I served 12 years on the Hopkins School Board. I know what positive, inclusive leadership looks like and I see it in Harris.
Harris is Golden Valley’s #1 Cheerleader. I often wonder how many hours are in Harris’s day because he seems to be everywhere. He is an amazing ambassador for Golden Valley. He regularly and enthusiastically attends community events. He is supportive of our schools. He reaches out a welcoming hand to our current and prospective business communities. He is active in community organizations like Golden Valley Rotary Club, Golden Valley Girls Softball, Golden Valley Little League, and Sweet Potato Comfort Pie.
Harris is in tune with the needs and concerns of our neighbors and our city. He is proactive yet protective of our economic development and infrastructure. He is a leader in social justice issues like racial equity, affordable housing, gun safety, immigration, and protecting our children from tobacco-flavored products. As a mom of two, I appreciate that Harris and I share the same concerns.
Harris is a leader. Through community engagement and governing that is collaborative, inclusive, and responsive, he has proven results. Our amazing new Brookview, parks with pickle ball courts and ninja-style challenge courses, and new businesses like Under Pressure Brewing and Lat 14 are just a few examples of the successes under his leadership. All this was done while reducing the city’s debt by 25% over four years.
For his next term, Harris’s vision for Golden Valley includes creating a more pedestrian-friendly downtown, advancing our equity work, getting light rail and bus rapid transit, preserving neighborhood charm from over-development, and increasing voter turnout.
I’m excited about the next four years with Shep Harris as our Golden Valley mayor. Please join me in voting for him on Nov. 5. You can learn more about Shep and his positive leadership at ShepHarris.com. Follow his campaign Facebook page “Re-Elect Golden Valley Mayor Shep Harris” or contact him by phone at 612-219-8531.
Betsy Scheurer Anderson