Six candidates will be on the ballot for election to the Hopkins City Council. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5. There are four seats up for election - that of mayor, currently served by Jason Gadd; and three city council seats, those currently served by Aaron Kuznia and Brian Hunke (four-year terms) and Rick Brausen (two-year term).

Gadd is seeking election to a two-year term for mayor and is uncontested. Kuznia, Hunke and Alan Beck are seeking two of the four-year terms, while Brausen and Gregg Corwin are seeking the two-year term.

Jason Gadd

Address: Wayside Road West

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Family: spouse-Laura Chesney-Gadd

Education: Bachelor of Science, South Dakota State University

Occupation: Senior business analyst at Ameriprise Financial, Inc

Years lived in city: 24 years

Community involvement: Hopkins Mayor, 2019-current; Hopkins City Council, 2012-2019; Hopkins Park Board Chair/member, 2009-2012; JCI Hopkins, past member/past president; Hopkins Business & Civic Association past member/past president; Metro Cities Board of Directors, 2019-current; Southwest Light Rail Corridor Management Committee, 2014-current.

Contact information: jasgadd@gmail.com

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

After serving on council for the past eight years, I was honored and humbled to be asked to assume the role of mayor of the City of Hopkins this past spring. Working with the amazing team in Hopkins that consists of council and staff, we have made great strides for our community, while enhancing the quality of life for everyone in Hopkins and, at the same time, providing new and exciting experiences for our residents, businesses and visitors. I look forward to continuing to serve and ensuring Hopkins is financially stable and provides opportunities to everyone. At times, this means having to make decisions that are best for all residents in the city yet may not be popular with some. Having that focus on the overall impact to the city is why I would like to continue to serve.

What do you consider the top issues the Hopkins City Council should address?

Hopkins is a strong and vibrant community. One area that needs focus is balancing the housing options available including how to maintain our naturally occurring affordable housing. Another is ensuring that the financial stability of the city is sustainable. Through strategic financial management planning, we review the economic impact of decisions to make sure we are being fiscally responsible in budgeting while saving our taxpayers money in the long term. Taking care of infrastructure projects today significantly reduces the financial impact versus putting them off to future years. The biggest area of opportunity/challenge facing Hopkins is the Southwest Light Rail. Over the next couple of years, the construction will impact all of us. Through the construction period we will need to keep the result in mind, which is the unique economic and quality of life impact that the finished project will provide.

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

My philosophy on city leadership is teamwork and empowerment. We have a diverse city and only through working together, encouraging engagement and empowering each other are we able to preserve our hometown feel of Hopkins. Utilizing the feedback and perspectives of all our residents allows us to guide Hopkins into the future. One of my goals is to see an increase in the participation and engagement of our young people in town. Since they will be our leaders of tomorrow, it is important to understand their perspective. Over the next couple of years, I would like to look at ways that we can utilize their energy and ideas.

On the ballot for the four-year council terms (elect two) are Aaron Kuznia, Brian Hunke and Alan Beck.

Alan Beck

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Address: Drillane Road

Family: Connie

Education: Bachelor of Science in agricultural systems and agricultural business, Iowa State University

Occupation: Business owner, insurance

Years lived in city: 8 years

Community involvement: Board member of four community organizations

Contact information: 612-402-8181, ihcalan@gmail.com

Why are you seeking election to the Hopkins City Council?

I have lived Hopkins for eight years and have seen many positives throughout. However, there are some areas that could use attention. As a small business owner, I believe that I can help Hopkins remain successful as we evolve to ensure we have the framework and organizational structure in place for the future. My background and involvement in Hopkins are the main reasons why I believe I understand our needs and challenges. I spend a great deal of my spare time volunteering locally as well as in the metropolitan area giving me unique insight to our community and what is needed to support it.

What do you consider the top issues the Hopkins City Council should address?

I believe that there are several issues that Hopkins is facing at moment.

• Long-range planning within the community, small business support and federal projects such as the light rail all have direct impacts here. Expenditures in these key areas have shown growth if managed well. Fiscal responsibility affects all of us and if Hopkins wants to reinvest in the future, we need to show that we can make sound decisions now.

• Reinvesting in downtown Hopkins will undoubtedly attract local shoppers, however we must also remember businesses that may not have visibility on Mainstreet also need recognition. We have duty to the community to achieve balance as we grow.

• The city council as it stands may not be as connected to the community as it should be; I see that as an opportunity to advance Hopkins. Solutions come from listening to the issues and finding practical answers. Encouraging the public to attend meetings, voice their concerns and come together to solve issues will only strengthen the city of Hopkins.

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

My goal is to provide a voice for Hopkins that is heard on the city council. So often the city council vote is 5-0 or 0-5. While it is a positive there is that much agreement, it appears the council is quite like minded. New ideas and new opinions are a key factor in having great discussions as well as embracing diversity in respectful manner. With my unique background, involvement in local organizations and my knowledge of Hopkins I can assure you your opinion will be heard. As a community member I also believe we always need to keep in mind that we need to do what is best for the residents of Hopkins first.

Brian Hunke

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Address: Eighth Avenue North

Family: Married to Jackie; Charles (8) and Theo (5)

Education: Master’s degree in architecture (University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign, 2005), bachelor’s degree in architecture (University of Minnesota, 2003)

Occupation: Registered architect at Mohagen Hansen Architecture | Interiors

Years lived in city: 13 years

Community involvement: Hopkins City Council (2018-present); Hopkins Planning and Zoning Commission (2014-2018); Hopkins 2040 Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (2017-2018); vice president for Avenues Neighborhood Association (2017-2019); Hopkins Area Little League – Board of Directors (2015-present).

Contact information: hunke4citycouncil@yahoo.com, 612-703-3180

Why are you seeking election to the Hopkins City Council?

Last November, I was appointed to take the place of former Councilmember Katy Campbell. Since then, I have enjoyed working alongside the mayor, fellow council members, and city staff in making Hopkins a great place to live, work and play. I am looking to be elected this fall to continue this great work and plan on taking a long-term perspective on how to sustain and enhance our community successfully over time.

I am passionate about Hopkins and as your council member have the responsibility to listen to both sides, take in the facts and then make decisions based on the vision/goals of the greater community. We have the 2040 comprehensive plan to provide guidance on our decisions as well as the engagement of our residents. Along the way, there needs to be clear explanations on why our decisions were made for the greater good.

What do you consider the top issues the Hopkins City Council should address?

The most important issue that currently faces Hopkins will be the construction of the Southwest LRT. It will provide new opportunities to strengthen our city into a vibrant, walkable community with multi-modal connections to service people of all ages and abilities. I want to strengthen our small-town character, while incorporating the unique opportunities that will arise with the transit-oriented development around each of the stations. These opportunities; however, will also provide our city with one of its biggest challenges – affordable housing. It will be our task to find ways to preserve naturally occurring affordable housing, while still encouraging new development within our city. There will need to be a balance between the two.

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

One of my main priorities will include the development of a new environmental committee. This committee would advise and make recommendations to the city council on local actions that would strengthen our city’s resilience now and in the future. These actions can include water conservation, waste reduction and energy efficiency. It also would provide another opportunity for our engaged residents to be involved.

Another main priority will be to strengthen partnerships with our local and regional organizations, including the Hopkins School District, Minnehaha Watershed District and Met Council. Together, we can collaborate with one another to achieve even greater outcomes for Hopkins. We can use the strengths these organizations already have to make positive change. The opportunities are limitless. In the end, I want our community to work better for all of us.

Aaron Kuznia

Address: Ashley Road

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Family: Wife, Samantha. Children, Jake and Stella

Education: Associate degree from Northland Community and Technical College, Thief River Falls

Occupation: Senior engineering tech, CPII

Years living in Hopkins: 15

Civic/Community involvement: Current Hopkins Council member; SWLRT Community Works Steering Committee; past Planning/Zoning and Park Board Commissioner; Chair; Hopkins Academy; Hopkins Elks Member, Hopkins Area Little League, board member; Hopkins Flag Football, coach; Hopkins Cub Scout, leader.

Contact information: 952-913-6582

Why are you seeking re-election to the City of Hopkins Council?

I have served our residents as a city of Hopkins council member for the past five years. The next several years will bring big changes in Hopkins with the expansion of the SWLRT through our community. With that, it will bring a lot of changes in the city’s housing options, infrastructure needs and businesses. I feel that my community involvement on council and other past volunteer opportunities on the park board, zoning and planning commission, paired with a sound knowledge and background in civil engineering bodes well for our future redevelopment. My experiences working on municipal design, inspection and construction project management for the past 22 years have given me a sound understanding for redevelopment, and the importance of doing things right.

What do you consider the top issues the Hopkins City Council should address?

Expansion of light rail to the southwest metro: The SWLRT will make Hopkins an even better community to live, work and play in. Redevelopment around our three new station stops will add even more value to our community. The key is to do it right, and ensure it fits with the overall city vision.

Housing and Infrastructure: SWLRT project will have a direct impact in our community and provide positive community change. We will need to address the need to keep Hopkins affordable for all residents. Finding a sound balance of new workforce and market-rate housing and new businesses that will come with redevelopment. We need to continue rebuilding our roadways and underground infrastructure. Create living streets that improve walkability, streetscapes, trail networks for cyclists.

Maintaining a vibrant downtown while preserving the hometown feel of Hopkins:

This is one of the most important things that make Hopkins great, and the reason my family chose to call Hopkins home. The authentic hometown feel we have cannot truly be emulated by our neighboring communities. Enhancing our downtown and supporting all business districts keeping them vibrant.

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

The issues I have outlined above are some of my top priorities and goals. I will need to continue to ask questions, listen to our residents on important issues, and work with our existing council members to keep our city moving forward in the right direction.

On the ballot for the two-year council term (elect one) are Gregg Corwin and Rick Brausen.

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Rick Brausen

Address: 13th Avenue North

Family: single

Education: High school

Occupation: Self employed-home remodeling

Years lived in city: 29

Community involvement: Hopkins Parking Committee 1992-94; Planning and Zoning 1994-2000; Hopkins Center for the Arts Design Review, co-chair 1996-96 and Art Center Board, 1997-2001; Hopkins City Council 2001-06, 2007-2011 and 2019.

Why are you seeking election to the Hopkins City Council?

I have spent 35 years working and 29 years living in Hopkins. I love this community. I’m seeking election to help balance our priorities and preserve our very unique amenities moving forward. I also feel we have once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to capitalize on Southwest Light Rail and the Blake Road Corridor. I feel I have a strong history of community involvement that fits in with our current needs.

What do you consider the top issues the Hopkins City Council should address?

Blake Road and three light rail stops lend us excellent opportunity to expand our tax base, create some housing opportunities and add employment. Beyond those points we need to focus on who is already paying taxes. I would like to move toward affordable senior housing. Neighbors passionately made an argument. ... “where do those who us who have lived here for 40 years move when we no longer can stay in our houses and we want to stay in Hopkins?” ... I agree with that thought, and keeping taxes reasonable and securing some affordable senior housing a great conversation to address.

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

My goal for the upcoming term is to maximize our opportunities, gain some ground on senior housing, and make sure we always are making an effort to listen to our citizens. Listening is a skill and characteristic I feel is lost in our electronic society. How well I can represent you starts with my ability to listen, understand and communicate effectively with the team.

Gregg Corwin

Address: Nine Mile Cove East

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Family: Spouse-Frances, two adult sons-Mitchell and David, two grandchildren: Aella and Iris

Education Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate, University of Minnesota

Occupation: Public sector labor relations attorney for over 45 years.

Years lived in city: 1.5 years

Community involvement: None as of yet. I was an assistant city attorney and have represented hundreds of city managers and other city, county and state leaders and employees.

Contact information: 952-582-1951 or 612-747-1357, gcorwin@gcorwin.com, greggcorwin.com

Why are you seeking election?

I wish to contribute to the well-being of the community. I believe it is a citizen’s duty to volunteer time to the community where he/she lives. I want to make Hopkins a better place to live, work and play by emphasizing fiscal responsibility, responsiveness of city officials to citizen input, effective and comprehensive planning and zoning and preservation of infrastructure.

What do you consider the top issues the Hopkins City Council should address?

Review the justification for maximum tax increases, examine the comprehensive plan, increase spending on infrastructure, use available resources more effectively, improve police and fire response and effectiveness.

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

Reduce overall spending to keep taxes down, improve the business climate by overhauling the comprehensive plan and eliminating barriers to economic growth, make sure our roads, sewers and other public infrastructure are maintained for growth, assure that city staff are competent, motivated and properly compensated and improve parks. I want to make this city affordable and livable for all its citizens and a place where people want to raise families. Finally, I demand a safe environment by assuring resources for public safety and that our police and fire are effective and cost-efficient.

Jason Gadd Address: Wayside Road WestFamily: spouse-Laura Chesney-GaddEducation: Bachelor of Science, South Dakota State UniversityOccupation:  Senior business analyst at Ameriprise Financial, IncYears lived in city:  24 yearsCommunity involvement: Hopkins Mayor, 2019-current; Hopkins City Council, 2012-2019; Hopkins Park Board Chair/member, 2009-2012; JCI Hopkins, past member/past president; Hopkins Business & Civic Association past member/past president; Metro Cities Board of Directors, 2019-current; Southwest Light Rail Corridor Management Committee, 2014-current.Contact information:  jasgadd@gmail.com

Why are you seeking re-election to the Hopkins City Council?After serving on council for the past eight years, I was honored and humbled to be asked to assume the role of mayor of the City of Hopkins this past spring. Working with the amazing team in Hopkins that consists of council and staff, we have made great strides for our community, while enhancing the quality of life for everyone in Hopkins and, at the same time, providing new and exciting experiences for our residents, businesses and visitors.  I look forward to continuing to serve and ensuring Hopkins is financially stable and provides opportunities to everyone. At times, this means having to make decisions that are best for all residents in the city yet may not be popular with some. Having that focus on the overall impact to the city is why I would like to continue to serve.What do you consider the top issues the Hopkins City Council should address?Hopkins is a strong and vibrant community.  One area that needs focus is balancing the housing options available including how to maintain our naturally occurring affordable housing. Another is ensuring that the financial stability of the city is sustainable. Through strategic financial management planning, we review the economic impact of decisions to make sure we are being fiscally responsible in budgeting while saving our taxpayers money in the long term. Taking care of infrastructure projects today significantly reduces the financial impact versus putting them off to future years. The biggest area of opportunity/challenge facing Hopkins is the Southwest Light Rail. Over the next couple of years, the construction will impact all of us. Through the construction period we will need to keep the result in mind, which is the unique economic and quality of life impact that the finished project will provide.  What are your priorities and goals for the upcoming term, and how do you intend to achieve those goals?My philosophy on city leadership is teamwork and empowerment. We have a diverse city and only through working together, encouraging engagement and empowering each other are we able to preserve our hometown feel of Hopkins. Utilizing the feedback and perspectives of all our residents allows us to guide Hopkins into the future. One of my goals is to see an increase in the participation and engagement of our young people in town.  Since they will be our leaders of tomorrow, it is important to understand their perspective. Over the next couple of years, I would like to look at ways that we can utilize their energy and ideas.

On the ballot for the four-year council terms (elect two) are Aaron Kuznia, Brian Hunke and Alan Beck.Alan BeckAddress: Drillane RoadFamily: ConnieEducation: Bachelor of Science in agricultural systems and agricultural business, Iowa State UniversityOccupation: Business owner, insuranceYears lived in city: 8 yearsCommunity involvement: Board member of four community organizationsContact information: 612-402-8181, ihcalan@gmail.com  Why are you seeking election to the Hopkins City Council?I have lived Hopkins for eight years and have seen many positives throughout. However, there are some areas that could use attention. As a small business owner, I believe that I can help Hopkins remain successful as we evolve to ensure we have the framework and organizational structure in place for the future. My background and involvement in Hopkins are the main reasons why I believe I understand our needs and challenges. I spend a great deal of my spare time volunteering locally as well as in the metropolitan area giving me unique insight to our community and what is needed to support it. What do you consider the top issues the Hopkins City Council should address?I believe that there are several issues that Hopkins is facing at moment.• Long-range planning within the community, small business support and federal projects such as the light rail all have direct impacts here. Expenditures in these key areas have shown growth if managed well. Fiscal responsibility affects all of us and if Hopkins wants to reinvest in the future, we need to show that we can make sound decisions now.• Reinvesting in downtown Hopkins will undoubtedly attract local shoppers, however we must also remember businesses that may not have visibility on Mainstreet also need recognition. We have duty to the community to achieve balance as we grow.• The city council as it stands may not be as connected to the community as it should be; I see that as an opportunity to advance Hopkins. Solutions come from listening to the issues and finding practical answers. Encouraging the public to attend meetings, voice their concerns and come together to solve issues will only strengthen the city of Hopkins.What are your priorities and goals for the upcoming term, and how do you intend to achieve those goals?My goal is to provide a voice for Hopkins that is heard on the city council. So often the city council vote is 5-0 or 0-5. While it is a positive there is that much agreement, it appears the council is quite like minded. New ideas and new opinions are a key factor in having great discussions as well as embracing diversity in respectful manner.  With my unique background, involvement in local organizations and my knowledge of Hopkins I can assure you your opinion will be heard. As a community member I also believe we always need to keep in mind that we need to do what is best for the residents of Hopkins first.Brian HunkeAddress: Eighth Avenue NorthFamily: Married to Jackie; Charles (8) and Theo (5)Education: Master’s degree in architecture (University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign, 2005), bachelor’s degree in architecture (University of Minnesota, 2003)Occupation: Registered architect at Mohagen Hansen Architecture | InteriorsYears lived in city: 13 yearsCommunity involvement: Hopkins City Council (2018-present); Hopkins Planning and Zoning Commission (2014-2018); Hopkins 2040 Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (2017-2018); vice president for Avenues Neighborhood Association (2017-2019); Hopkins Area Little League – Board of Directors (2015-present).Contact information: hunke4citycouncil@yahoo.com, 612-703-3180

Why are you seeking election to the Hopkins City Council?Last November, I was appointed to take the place of former Councilmember Katy Campbell. Since then, I have enjoyed working alongside the mayor, fellow council members, and city staff in making Hopkins a great place to live, work and play. I am looking to be elected this fall to continue this great work and plan on taking a long-term perspective on how to sustain and enhance our community successfully over time. I am passionate about Hopkins and as your council member have the responsibility to listen to both sides, take in the facts and then make decisions based on the vision/goals of the greater community. We have the 2040 comprehensive plan to provide guidance on our decisions as well as the engagement of our residents. Along the way, there needs to be clear explanations on why our decisions were made for the greater good.What do you consider the top issues the Hopkins City Council should address?The most important issue that currently faces Hopkins will be the construction of the Southwest LRT. It will provide new opportunities to strengthen our city into a vibrant, walkable community with multi-modal connections to service people of all ages and abilities. I want to strengthen our small-town character, while incorporating the unique opportunities that will arise with the transit-oriented development around each of the stations. These opportunities; however, will also provide our city with one of its biggest challenges – affordable housing. It will be our task to find ways to preserve naturally occurring affordable housing, while still encouraging new development within our city.  There will need to be a balance between the two.What are your priorities and goals for the upcoming term, and how do you intend to achieve those goals?One of my main priorities will include the development of a new environmental committee. This committee would advise and make recommendations to the city council on local actions that would strengthen our city’s resilience now and in the future. These actions can include water conservation, waste reduction and energy efficiency.  It also would provide another opportunity for our engaged residents to be involved.Another main priority will be to strengthen partnerships with our local and regional organizations, including the Hopkins School District, Minnehaha Watershed District and Met Council. Together, we can collaborate with one another to achieve even greater outcomes for Hopkins. We can use the strengths these organizations already have to make positive change. The opportunities are limitless. In the end, I want our community to work better for all of us. Aaron KuzniaAddress: Ashley RoadFamily: Wife, Samantha. Children, Jake and Stella Education: Associate degree from Northland Community and Technical College, Thief River FallsOccupation: Senior engineering tech, CPII Years living in Hopkins: 15 Civic/Community involvement: Current Hopkins Council member; SWLRT Community Works Steering Committee; past Planning/Zoning and Park Board Commissioner; Chair; Hopkins Academy; Hopkins Elks Member,  Hopkins Area Little League, board member; Hopkins Flag Football, coach; Hopkins Cub Scout, leader.Contact information: 952-913-6582

Why are you seeking re-election to the City of Hopkins Council?I have served our residents as a city of Hopkins council member for the past five years. The next several years will bring big changes in Hopkins with the expansion of the SWLRT through our community. With that, it will bring a lot of changes in the city’s housing options, infrastructure needs and businesses. I feel that my community involvement on council and other past volunteer opportunities on the park board, zoning and planning commission, paired with a sound knowledge and background in civil engineering bodes well for our future redevelopment.  My experiences working on municipal design, inspection and construction project management for the past 22 years have given me a sound understanding for redevelopment, and the importance of doing things right.What do you consider the top issues the Hopkins City Council should address?Expansion of light rail to the southwest metro: The SWLRT will make Hopkins an even better community to live, work and play in. Redevelopment around our three new station stops will add even more value to our community. The key is to do it right, and ensure it fits with the overall city vision.Housing and Infrastructure: SWLRT project will have a direct impact in our community and provide positive community change. We will need to address the need to keep Hopkins affordable for all residents. Finding a sound balance of new workforce and market-rate housing and new businesses that will come with redevelopment. We need to continue rebuilding our roadways and underground infrastructure. Create living streets that improve walkability, streetscapes, trail networks for cyclists. Maintaining a vibrant downtown while preserving the hometown feel of Hopkins:  This is one of the most important things that make Hopkins great, and the reason my family chose to call Hopkins home. The authentic hometown feel we have cannot truly be emulated by our neighboring communities.  Enhancing our downtown and supporting all business districts keeping them vibrant.  What are your priorities and goals for the upcoming term, and how do you intend to achieve these goals?The issues I have outlined above are some of my top priorities and goals.  I will need to continue to ask questions, listen to our residents on important issues, and work with our existing council members to keep our city moving forward in the right direction.

On the ballot for the two-year council term (elect one) are Gregg Corwin and Rick Brausen.Rick BrausenAddress: 13th Avenue NorthFamily: singleEducation: High schoolOccupation: Self employed-home remodelingYears lived in city: 29Community involvement: Hopkins Parking Committee 1992-94; Planning and Zoning 1994-2000; Hopkins Center for the Arts Design Review, co-chair 1996-96 and Art Center Board, 1997-2001; Hopkins City Council 2001-06, 2007-2011 and 2019.

Why are you seeking election to the Hopkins City Council?I have spent 35 years working and 29 years living in Hopkins. I love this community. I’m seeking election to help balance our priorities and preserve our very unique amenities moving forward. I also feel we have once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to capitalize on Southwest Light Rail and the Blake Road Corridor. I feel I have a strong history of community involvement that fits in with our current needs.What do you consider the top issues the Hopkins City Council should address? Blake Road and three light rail stops lend us excellent opportunity to expand our tax base, create some housing opportunities and add employment. Beyond those points we need to focus on who is already paying taxes. I would like to move toward affordable senior housing. Neighbors passionately made an argument. ... “where do those who us who have lived here for 40 years move when we no longer can stay in our houses and we want to stay in Hopkins?” ... I agree  with that thought, and keeping taxes reasonable and securing some affordable senior housing a great conversation to address.What are your priorities and goals for the upcoming term, and how do you intend to achieve those goalsMy goal for the upcoming term is to maximize our opportunities, gain some ground on senior housing, and make sure we always are making an effort to listen to our citizens. Listening is a skill and characteristic I feel is lost in our electronic society. How well I can represent you starts with my ability to listen, understand and communicate effectively with the team.Gregg CorwinAddress: Nine Mile Cove EastFamily: Spouse-Frances, two adult sons-Mitchell and David, two grandchildren: Aella and IrisEducation Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate, University of MinnesotaOccupation: Public sector labor relations attorney for over 45 years.Years lived in city: 1.5 yearsCommunity involvement: None as of yet. I was an assistant city attorney and have represented hundreds of city managers and other city, county and state leaders and employees.Contact information: 952-582-1951 or 612-747-1357, gcorwin@gcorwin.com, greggcorwin.com

Why as you seeking election?I wish to contribute to the well-being of the community. I believe it is a citizen’s duty to volunteer time to the community where he/she lives. I want to make Hopkins a better place to live, work and play by emphasizing fiscal responsibility, responsiveness of city officials to citizen input, effective and comprehensive planning and zoning and preservation of infrastructure.What do you consider the top issues the Hopkins City Council should address?Review the justification for maximum tax increases, examine the comprehensive plan, increase spending on infrastructure, use available resources more effectively, improve police and fire response and effectiveness.What are your priorities and goals for the upcoming term, and how do you intend to achieve those goals?Reduce overall spending to keep taxes down, improve the business climate by overhauling the comprehensive plan and eliminating barriers to economic growth, make sure our roads, sewers and other public infrastructure are maintained for growth, assure that city staff are competent, motivated and properly compensated and improve parks. I want to make this city affordable and livable for all its citizens and a place where people want to raise families. Finally, I demand a safe environment by assuring resources for public safety and that our police and fire are effective and cost-efficient.

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