Election 2016: Maple Grove City Council Candidate Adam Bedard
Oct 27, 2016 08:17PM
By Wendy Erlien
Adam Bedard 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 recommended by Senate District 34 as the viable candidate to vote for and I am a former councilmen. I served the City of Cuyuna, MN and have a bachelor degree from St. John’s and a MBA in Finance from St. Scholastica. Currently I work as a Senior Financial Analyst for Prudential Financial Inc.
As a former Council Member, I have worked legislators and neighboring cities. Also, I am a Maple Grove Lions member, serve on the Citizen’s Advisory Committee who reports up to the City Council and formerly served on the Arbor Committee. Furthermore, I am the Vice President of the Maple Grove Community Organization who puts on Maple Grove Days.
Q: Why are you running for
A: There are really two stories. First, my family has been heavily involved in government from my grandfather serving as a Mayor to relatives in the Senate and the House of Representatives. However, what really drives it home is that when I was diagnosed with cancer twice and battled it for seven years -the community came together and supported my family financial and spiritually. I feel blessed to have beat cancer twice and been supported by such a strong community. Because of that I have always felt important to give back to the community.
Q: How do you feel you can make an impact by serving on the Maple Grove City Council?
A: It has been wonderful to see this city grow while serving in a number of roles but there is still a lot of work to be done. I am attentive to the issues facing us today. It will be important to remain fiscally responsible with tax payer’s dollars as we continue to grow and ensure proper land usage for the long term vision of Maple Grove including preserving our parks, lakes, and trails. We need to promote benefits of doing business in Maple Grove to attract high quality businesses and jobs.
Keeping Maple Grove safe is
important in today’s society and continuing our responsibilities of working
with local law enforcement to ensure low crime rates throughout the city.
Furthermore, as our population increases we need to establish plans to address
traffic flow with each new development to alleviate congestion. Additionally,
the council needs to continue to be involved with the school board in
understanding plans for continued improvements in our school systems. Most of
all, the Council must not forget our residents and listen to their thoughts,
opinions, and concerns while being accountable by responding in a timely manner
with answers and information to our citizens. My financial background and City
Council experience will continue to be viable assets for my position on the
Maple Grove City Council.
Q: What do you feel is the biggest challenge facing the city?
Proactive Economic Development
-Promote benefits of doing business in Maple Grove to help attract new businesses.
-Ensure proper land development that focuses on the long term vision of Maple Grove.
-Completion of the 610 corridor area plans.
-Ensure conservative and fiscal responsibility with the use of tax payer's dollars.
-Mitigate large tax increases.
Traffic and Transportation
-Establish plans to address the growing population and transportation.
-Evaluate current traffic flows and develop improvement processes.
Residents and Businesses
-Work with school board members to understand plans for continued improvements in our school systems.
-Maintain our park and recreational areas to attract residents.
Q: What would you like voters/community members to know about you?
A: I, Adam Bedard, vow to faithfully serve as a City Council member to community members of Maple Grove with integrity and respect. I will ensure the public has an opportunity to voice their opinions in decisions made by the Council and I will remain impartial in decisions made while serving in office.