To the Editor:

It’s a pleasure and honor to endorse Margaret Rog for Ward 1 city council. I worked day-to-day with Margaret in creating the Our Town Photo Project in 2007. That project has spawned numerous creative spin-offs of the “Our Town” concept in our community for several years.

As artistic director, I reported directly to Margaret in her role as director of St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts in creating and implementing this year-long project. I knew immediately that she was someone I could count on to make this the successful community-engaged project it proved to be.

Margaret was responsive to all questions, concerns and roadblocks that appeared unexpectedly. She was physically present for all activities, troubleshot and problem-solved issues and was a dependable resource for all participants.

Margaret was an effective liaison and communicator between Friends of the Arts board members, all 17 photographers, myself and service providers. She organized an opening night not to be forgotten and attended by city council members, hundreds of residents, performers and, of course, the participants in the project. The exhibition truly showed what SLP looked like!

Margaret has been actively and positively engaged in her community for decades. She is not afraid to ask the hard questions and to really listen to residents’ responses. I feel she is someone “on my side.”

Without hesitation, I believe Margaret will serve the council and SLP residents the most effectively.

Sharon Lyon

St. Louis Park

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