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Election 2016: Maple Grove City Council Candidate Judith A. Hanson

Oct 27, 2016 09:22PM ● Published by Wendy Erlien

Judith A. Hanson

Judith A. Hanson 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:  My family moved to Maple Grove in 1991. We live near the Lookout Restaurant and Lyndes Greenhouse and Nursery.  Maple Grove has grown tremendously in those 25 years.  I have three adult children who attended school at Rice Lake Elementary, Maple Grove Junior and Senior High School.  We have been members of Maple Grove Lutheran Church and taught Sunday school and confirmation classes.  In addition, my children have participated in many sports through Maple Grove Parks and Recreation and MapleBrook Soccer Association.  My boys were in Boy Scouts and their father was the Scout Master for several years.  I was my daughter’s Girl Scout leader for six years.

I became involved with the city in the mid 1990’s. I served on the Citizen’s Long Range Planning Committee for six years and was co-chair for two years.  Our task was to be the eyes and ears of the city by making area reports to the City Council.  Further, we reviewed and made recommendations to the Council on capital improvement requests.  I also served on the wetlands task force and the comprehensive land use update committee.  Currently, I serve on the City Council and I am the Council liaison to the Arbor Committee.

Professionally, I am a Senior Attorney for the City of Saint Paul.  I have worked as a city attorney for Saint Paul for over 25 years.  My experience includes prosecution, in-house council for city departments and currently civil litigation.  Prior to working for Saint Paul, I worked at Hennepin County Medical Center for 13 years.  My work for Hennepin County encompassed budget preparation for nursing and medical clerical staff as well as purchasing capital equipment and monitoring expenditures of nursing administration.

My other community involvement includes participating in the Minnesota Stand-Down program assisting veterans to resolve minor criminal offenses free of charge; participating in Mayor Colemen’s strategic planning committee, the Sex Offender Registration Task Force, Minnesota State DWI Task Force and coaching for the OMGAA Special Olympics.  I supported Maple Grove Special Olympic athletes by participating in two Polar Plunges.

Q: Why are you running for office?

A:  I am running for City Council to continue my commitment to this great city.  My knowledge and experience shows I understand the organizational operations of city management from both a legal and policymaking perspective.  Public service is my passion as demonstrated by my career choices and community involvement.  My promise is to respond to your concerns and ideas.

Q:  How do you feel you can make an impact by serving on the Maple Grove City Council? What do you feel is the biggest challenge facing the city?

A:  One of the challenges currently facing Maple Grove includes thoughtful planning for the remaining developable land; the gravel mining area in particular.  The city is updating its Comprehensive Land Use Plan and the gravel mining area provides the city with an opportunity to consider unique uses rather than more of the same thing.  Residents are encouraged to participate and provide their input.  The other pressing issue is the completion of the Highway 610 connection and ramps.  This project has progressed slowly over decades.  Its completion is integral to transportation, traffic and continued development and growth in that sector of Maple Grove.  Because of its location, it is optimal for office space, light industrial and commercial tenants.

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

A:  I am asking you to place your confidence in me to make the best decisions for Maple Grove residents.  Your tax dollars will be spent frugally, while still providing the good services you expect.  When you have issues or concerns please contact me, I will respond and follow through.  I welcome your ideas to keep Maple Grove great!

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