To the Editor:

Since the day I met Larry Kraft, I’ve known that he has something special. He brings out the best in everyone around him and inspires us to think bigger and act faster. He’s unafraid to challenge the status quo but always does it in a positive, respectful way. Most of all, he deeply understands that our city is intrinsically connected to the rest of the state, country and planet, and our actions here make ripples globally.

Today I’m endorsing Larry Kraft because we share a vision. We both want to see our community lead in the adoption of clean energy and elimination of greenhouse gas emissions. There is no person or even species on earth that won’t feel the impacts of our changing climate for generations to come. If there were ever an area where we all need to think bigger, act faster and challenge the status quo, this is it. Larry embodies this thinking. He lives it every day and leads others to action locally and across the country.

While Larry’s passion and daily work involve ensuring our sustainable future, he also brings with him a set of skills that position him to be a fantastic city leader. He has the strategic decision-making capability that comes with over three decades of business and nonprofit leadership. Furthermore, he has proven that he can unite people around common goals, as he did when he brought Roots and Shoots, iMatter Youth and the City Sustainability Commission together to advance the St. Louis Park Climate Action Plan.

Finally, Larry is someone I trust to always do the right thing, even if that’s not always the easiest thing. When dealing with the countless topics he will encounter each week as a council member, I know that his decisions will be grounded in what will best make our community happier, healthier and a better place to live for generations to come. Please join me in voting for Larry Kraft, St. Louis Park council member at-large A. I can’t think of a better person for the job.

Ryan Griffin

St. Louis Park

Ryan Griffin is a former chair of the St. Louis Park Environment and Sustainability Commission.

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