Brown: Committed to community
Editor's note: This Q&A is part of a series highlighting City Council candidates for Lake City. Read about the other candidates here.
- Age: 63
- Address: 309 W. Doughty St., Lake City
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- Education: Graduate of Lincoln High School
- Family: Married to Tom Jr.
- Occupation: Retired dispatcher for Wabasha County Sheriff’s Office and retired Part Time Licensed Patrol Officer for Lake City Police Department
- Civic Involvement: VFW Auxiliary member, Served on Planning Commission and Board of Adjustments and currently volunteer on the Civil Service Commission, volunteer time to the Emergency Management department for the City of Lake City and involved in the Reception Center Drills for Wabasha County.
What differentiates you from other candidates in this primary election?
This is a difficult question to answer as I do not personally know all the candidates but each candidate brings a different perspective. I was born and raised in Lake City and this has always been home.
The fact that I have and continue to serve on a commission shows my interest in city government. I remain committed to this community and spend many hours volunteering. Having worked in both our manufacturing and retail establishments, I have observed the growth in manufacturing but a decline in our retail.
It's not that I am better than anyone else, but in the last few years the perception remains that some of the council members have not been receptive to citizen input. If elected, I hope to be a voice for those who feel they have been ignored.
What do you think is one critical issue facing Lake City right now, and how would you propose to solve it?
The most critical issue facing Lake City is the Highway 61 project. My proposal would be to solve the issue by asking the City Council to reconsider their decision on changing the four-lane highway to a two-lane with a turn lane and a bike path. The council asked for citizen input on the issue, and a majority of the citizens spoke opposing this change.
Driving through town and seeing the abandoned buildings, closed and worn-down storefronts, is not going to draw anyone to explore our parks and other amenities we have to offer because of a new highway. You can put a bike lane in but that doesn't mean people will ride on it.
After spending millions of dollars on the new road and amenities, are we going to add maintenance staff for caretaking? This change is not in the best interest of the citizens who live here.