By Tom Devine
Chaska Herald – Letter to the Editor
New generation of leadership
Posted: Friday, October 19, 2018
As a former member of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, I had the privilege of working with Julia Coleman on issues impacting the quality of education and life for students at the U of M.
As the student representative on the board, Julia brought new energy and a fresh perspective that was desperately needed at the university.
I was thrilled to learn recently that Julia is now running to serve our community on the Chanhassen City Council. The same passion and skill set that Julia brought to the University of Minnesota will be advantageous for Chanhassen residents if she’s elected to the city council.
It’s refreshing to hear that a candidate for office actually wants to listen to the questions, comments, and concerns of voters. Julia has committed to hosting monthly “office hours” where citizens can speak directly to her about city-related issues that are impacting them.
One such example, is Aquatic Invasive Species. As a student representative, she advocated for the creation of the University of Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Laboratory. I know she will be an ardent defender of our lakes in Chanhassen to minimize any spread of invasive species, such as zebra mussels.
As a fiscal conservative, I was pleased to discover that Julia intends to make local government as efficient as possible by taking a critical eye on city contracts and having volunteer accountants scrutinize how our dollars are spent.
Julia also understands that keeping our community safe is the foremost priority of government. She believes that the city’s existing resources should be prioritized toward supporting our local police and fire services to make sure they have the equipment and training they need to keep all of us safe.
Julia will bring the same passion, determination, and new ideas to the City Council that I saw firsthand at the University of Minnesota. That’s exactly the kind of leadership our city needs to be an even better community!
Please join me in electing a new generation of bright leadership, one who will reach out, listen and serve our growing community.
Regent Emeritus, University of Minnesota