By Unsie Zuege
Q&A with Chanhassen City Council candidate Julia Coleman
Posted: Friday, October 5, 2018
Why are you running for the council?
I am running for City Council because of my passion for serving others, my love of Chanhassen, and my admiration for those who encompass it. In my countless conversations throughout the city, I heard time and time again that the citizens here feel they need a stronger connection to their local government.
Through open office hours, being incredibly responsive, and actively listening to the concerns of those I serve, I hope to give Chanhassen residents the voice they are seeking.
If elected to council, what would be your top priorities for the city?
My top priorities include citizen engagement, public safety and responsible budgeting. Through actively engaging with my fellow citizens of Chanhassen, I will keep people informed on the issues and make sure their voice is heard, as well as create volunteer citizen commissions to make Chanhassen a better place to live, work and raise a family.
By making public safety a top priority, I will not only work to keep Chanhassen safe, but will work to make sure we are supporting those who put their lives on the line for all of us.
Finally, I will be incredibly responsible in our budgeting, taking a critical eye to spending and maximizing our use of existing resources.
Describe your leadership style.
The Thomas Jefferson’s quote “The government closest to the people serves the people best” greatly resonates with me. I plan to serve Chanhassen by communicating with Chanhassen residents, actively informing citizens of the issues, and taking the time to make sure anyone who wants a voice at City Hall has one.
City Council is elected to serve the people, and as a leader the people will be my main focus.
What are your thoughts regarding concerns that there are too many franchises and chains in Chanhassen?
I have heard this concern time and time again in my conversations at the doors in Chanhassen. While I believe that government shouldn’t inhibit a business’ ability to thrive, local officials have the capacity and responsibility to recruit businesses that fit the needs and desires of their constituency.
I would like to see Chanhassen develop additional unique attractions. An upscale restaurant, a brewery, or a fun and unique venue are just a few of the ideas I’ve heard from voters.
What is your vision for a vital downtown?
I believe that while growth is inevitable, we can still do everything in our power to keep Chanhassen, Chanhassen. I believe in restoration over demolition, taking the time to thoroughly get feedback from the citizens on proposed developments, and maintaining the small-town feel while welcoming new residents, businesses and attractions.
Have you been charged in the past year, or ever been convicted, of a misdemeanor or higher, or been involved in a personal or business bankruptcy or foreclosure?