Ramsey County Residents need a Commissioner who thinks of their safety, their business opportunities, job creation, while keeping taxes low, instead of a Me First Candidate that comes from an institutional party like the DFL. I will serve you, not a party, nor a special interest group.
I live in one of the worst violent crime neighborhoods of St Paul and Ramsey County, it is known as Crime Statistics Grid 54 by the St Paul Police Department. They know where the crime takes place but it is business as usual, and if you think the Police will show up within minutes after you call 911, think again. The 911 Operator has to gauge the severity of the call before they dispatch a squad to your location. It seems it takes longer in a poverty neighborhood than one like Highland Park, or Summit Avenue where the Governor of Minnesota lives.
You deserve better.
I was the City Manager of Maplewood and we froze the taxes there and cut government waste and we hired more Police and EMTs when I worked there. Since then they have raised taxes and have fewer Police and EMTs, how is that possible?
Road Diets Need to Disappear
Commissioner McDonough when he was in office told the residents along Maryland Avenue from Greenbriar to Johnson Parkway the 3 lane street aka Road Diet was a test and that it wouldn’t be permanent. It went from a 4 lane street to a 2 lane street with a seldom used middle lane. If you get behind a bus or Amish teenagers enjoying a joy ride at 20 mph, you are sure to be late for an appointment. This stretch of Maryland Avenue became permanent because there were few people who opposed it who could attend McDonough’s odd hour public hearings. With the ease of implementing this Road Diet scheme other priority streets are going on the Road Diet too, like Rice Street, Dale Street, and probably Snelling Avenue between the Larpenteur Avenue Ford Parkway.
To allow for more business opportunities and allow shoppers to park in front of a restaurant or a hardware store on-street parking needs to take priority over Road Diets. Homeowners and Apartment dwellers need to be able to park in front of their homes on the street.
Ramsey County Elections Mistake
This year was a Redistricting year, Ramsey County has yet to produce Ward & Precinct Maps for the County and it is nearly the Primary Election. They do have a Ramsey County Commission District Map, see my Maps Page.
When I went to file for office for the open seat in Ramsey County District 6, I didn’t know I now lived in Ramsey County District 3. The Ramsey County Elections (RCE) people did not inform me of the change of the new lines. I’m told from reliable sources, RCE & the MN Secretary of State’s Office does not check for the residency of a candidate. They only require the candidate move to the district they are filing for within 30 days of the Election. I’ve lived in my present house since 1992 and there is no way I’m moving to the New Ramsey County District 6.
One has to wonder why RCE & MN Secretary of State’s Offices do not check for Residency. Is it because Ramsey County is a Sanctuary City for Illegal Immigrants?
So is it possible that I can be a write in candidate in District 3? RCE & MN Secretary of State has had almost 2 months to make the change but have not done so.