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Election 2016: Maple Grove City Council Candidate Kristy Barnett

Oct 27, 2016 08:06PM ● Published by Wendy Erlien

Kristy Barnett

Kristy Barnett is among six candidates on the 2016 election ballot for two seats on the Maple Grove City Council. 

Q:  What is your professional/personal background as it relates to the Maple Grove City Council?

A:  I am a 12-year Maple Grove resident who lives on Weaver Lake. I am the Vice President of the Weaver Lake Conservation Association, the Debate Coach at Park Center High School, a long-standing member of the Junior League of Minneapolis, a member of the North Hennepin Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce. I have worked for a non-profit in Washington DC, a mid-size company, and a Fortune 10 company. I am currently a small business owner – KAB Communications (Communications Consulting). I earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Healthcare Administration (an MBA equivalent) from the University of Minnesota. I also earned a Post-Baccalaureate Paralegal Certificate, a Project Management Certificate, and a Supervisor Skill Set Certificate.

Q:  Why are you running for office?

A:  I have always had an interest in politics, and I believe we all have the responsibility of serving the community we live in. Many people have asked me why I would want the headache involved in doing this. I must admit I have asked myself the same question. The answer is that there isn’t enough common sense in our government, and the only way to get it is for someone like me to get involved.

Q:  How do you feel you can make an impact by serving on the Maple Grove City Council?

A:  I believe my well-rounded education, work experience, and my passion for community service has prepared me to become a Maple Grove City Council member. I would make decisions based on my research and all the knowledge I have obtained from my education and professional experiences.

Q:  What do you feel is the biggest challenge facing the city?

A:   Smart Growth – I believe that we need to maintain and continue to create an economic environment that encourages the private sector to come and stay in Maple Grove. We need to safeguard the development of the remaining 15% of available land for development with an eye towards tax revenue and job growth. However, the challenge with growth is traffic management. I want to provide proper maintenance and oversee the growth of our traffic infrastructure while anticipating increasing usage. We need to make sure that our roads are capable of handling an increase in traffic due to economic development, and we need to reevaluate our current traffic flow solutions to look for improvement due to the recent growth in Maple Grove.

Q:  What would you like voters/community members to know about you?

A:  I have the right priorities. It has become a pastime in this country to complain about our politicians and carp about how poorly they manage our money and the affairs of our government. Even at the city level. People have become apathetic about government because they believe there isn’t anything they can do that would make a difference. I believe it doesn’t have to be this way. People like you and I can have an impact on the decisions that affect our daily lives. The problem is, most people who have the type of common sense we want in our government, also have the common sense to stay out of politics. It can be a dirty business and very frustrating as well. I know all of this. And yet, I still believe I can make a difference. We will never have the type of leadership we want if we do nothing. I can make positive changes if given a chance. Running for office is not an easy thing to do, but I do believe it is a worthwhile endeavor. I will work to make Maple Grove a city to be proud of, one that is growing and thriving, and one where people feel safe. If we care enough, and work hard enough, we really can get a government we will be happy with.

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