- Monday, Sep. 3: Labor Day is the unofficial kickoff of the fall campaign season, so I spent a couple of hours driving around the city delivering my first batch of campaign lawn signs. I’m happy that my deliveries included one or more signs in each of the city’s six precincts, and I’m extremely grateful to my friends and supporters who have graciously allowed me to borrow a couple of feet of their real estate to promote my candidacy!
- Tuesday, Sep. 4: A milestone day for our family, as our youngest child started her freshman year at Mounds View High School. Sometimes I find it hard to believe I’m even old enough to have three children, let alone that the youngest of the three is already in high school. Although classes for 10th-12th graders didn’t start until Wednesday, our son, who is starting his senior year at Mounds View, nevertheless had to be there also, as he is a Mustang Mentor, helping to welcome the 9th graders to their new school. Meanwhile, our Eldest Child, whose sophomore year at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois doesn’t start for a couple of weeks yet, went back to the State Fairgrounds to help her employers there get their food stands all cleaned up and closed up until the 2019 State Fair starts! In the evening, I attended the month’s first City Council meeting. (Our meetings are normally on the first and third Mondays of each month, but because of the Labor Day holiday, we instead met on Tuesday this month.) At this meeting, we approved the city’s preliminary levy for 2019. The 2019 preliminary levy approved represents a 4.87% increase in tax paid by property owners over 2018, which compares favorably with many of our neighboring cities. This levy may be reduced, but can not be increased, when we approve the final levy in December. We will hold a Truth in Taxation hearing at the City Council meeting on Dec. 3, and any citizens with questions or concerns are welcome to address the council at that meeting. The final vote will be held at the council meeting on Dec. 17.
- Wednesday, Sep. 5: On Wednesday evening, Celebration Choir rehearsal resumed after a summer hiatus at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Shoreview. I’ve been a member of the choir there since 1996, and it was great to get back into the routine of singing! After rehearsal, I put up a few more lawn signs for people who had requested them.
- Thursday, Sep. 6: The League of Women Voters of White Bear Lake Area hosted a Candidate Forum for candidates for Shoreview Mayor and City Council. I was pleased to have the opportunity to participate in this forum, and I’m grateful to the LWV for providing the opportunity, and to all the people who showed up to watch and listen. Four of the five registered candidates for City Council were present: myself, Council Member Terry Quigley, Jesse Ehrenreich, and Doug Blomberg. The forum was recorded on video, and my understanding is that it will be aired on Shoreview’s cable channel (Channel 16) and, I hope, will be available online as well. I will provide a link on this website as soon as I can find one!
- Friday, Sep. 7: Finished a very busy, albeit abbreviated, work week, and spent the evening with the family!
- Saturday, Sep. 8: St. Odilia Catholic Church kicked off their annual Fall Festival, which is always a fun event! I attended the 5pm Mass, followed by the ribbon cutting for the Grand Reopening to celebrate the new expansion of the church and school building, and then wandered around the festival for a bit.
- Sunday, Sep. 9: After singing with the choir at both services at Shepherd of the Hills in the morning, I made another journey through the city putting up more lawn signs, and then came home to catch up on yard work. I had thought about starting my door knocking, but decided it would be best to defer that until next weekend, as it was Game Day for the Minnesota Vikings! I quickly learned during my first campaign for City Council that door knocking during a Vikings game is a bad idea… no one wants to be interrupted while the game is on!
It’s been a great week in Shoreview, and the week ahead is looking good too! Make sure you save time in your plans for next weekend to get to the North Oaks Rummage Sale, for the benefit of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, which will be held at the Shoreview Ice Arena from 7am to 3pm on Saturday, Sep. 15, and from 9am to 2pm on Sunday, Sep. 16. Also, don’t forget that the Shoreview Farmer’s Market continues on Tuesdays, and will be held from 3 to 6pm on Tuesday, Sep. 11 in the lower parking lot at the Community Center!