Hove ran to help people, and succeeded
A recent meet the candidates event demonstrated that Dean Hove was the only one who was able to talk meaningfully about public policy. He answered questions from the audience, and criticism from his opponents, with real information.
Hoves opponents think government should be more transparent. Hove pointed out that all public business is now available on the city website, and that Red Wing has won awards for transparency.
One of his opponents complained about spending on things like the new band shell in Central Park, and the new public safety building. Hove countered that the band shell was a gift from a local family, as were other new amenities. Hoves opponents sat in stunned silence as he explained that the public safety building costs were pared down by a third, and Xcel dollars are paying most of the bill. Each attack demonstrated how little his opponents knew about city government.
Dean Hove stopped at my door on one of the hottest days this summer. It reminded me of a quote from Teddy Roosevelt, "Its not the critic who counts, the credit belongs to the person who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat."
Dean Hove didnt spend 3 weeks in Israel or Italy and post it all on Facebook. He was in our neighborhoods, making face-to-face connections with the people he cares so much about. Hove didnt run for office to "unseat" someone, he ran to help people, and he succeeded. Im voting for Dean Hove again this year.
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