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Voter's Guide: City of Brainerd

Brainerd City Council Member at Large Sue Hilgart Age: 58. Occupation: Program manager, East Region Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program. Public office experience: One term on Brainerd City Council. What do you want to accomplish if el...

Sue Hilgart
Sue Hilgart

Brainerd City Council Member at Large

Sue Hilgart

Age: 58.

Occupation: Program manager, East Region Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program.

Public office experience: One term on Brainerd City Council.

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What do you want to accomplish if elected? The momentum generated with #MyBrainerd and the excitement of the Destination Downtown campaigns has really set the table for growth and development in Brainerd; in our historic downtown, along Washington Street; and in our industrial districts. I continue to support these initiatives and incentives to businesses wherever possible.

Specifically, how would you accomplish your goals? Our assets are our residents and infrastructure in place-shovel ready- in the industrial park to add business/industry. We need to continue to strengthen partnerships with economic development, our partners in local government at the county level and the school district, to welcome business and industry to Brainerd. Building on the current success will bring a stability to the city's financial picture. This will have a positive impact on the individual property owners in the city.

What abilities or qualifications separate you from your competition? Why are you the best candidate for the job? I was honored to be elected to this position in 2014. As a member of the council I believe we have made a positive start to building a better Brainerd. I recently completed my master's degree in leadership management, which I pursued to help me in my job as a council member. As a leader in the community, I draw from my deep roots in public service demonstrated by the many years of volunteer service on multiple boards and committees. I will continue to build connections with neighboring communities to foster collaboration and exchange of ideas.

 

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The city of Brainerd confirmed Mathison's name will still be on the ballot, as early voting started in September.

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Christopher Mathison (Withdrew from contest)

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Age: 33.

Occupation: Did not respond.

Public office experience: Did not respond.

What do you want to accomplish if elected? I would like to establish a clear line of communication from the people of Brainerd to the city council of Brainerd. The council is an extension of the people, so if we can clearly understand what the people want, together, we can accomplish anything.

Specifically, how would you accomplish your goals? I would listen to issues, concerns, suggestions, etc. from anyone who wants to be heard. In response I will be honest and realistic when working with my peers in addressing any issues or concerns facing our city.

What abilities or qualifications separate you from your competition? Why are you the best candidate for the job? I have a unique perspective. I've been through the system, I'm on disability, I've needed assistance programs in my life, so I understand how many things need to be fixed. I've experienced things firsthand, things those who haven't couldn't understand.

I'm also a huge advocate for mental health, as my disability is mental health-related. However, I consider this a positive qualification because it gives me that unique perspective. I've conquered my disorder using logic, common sense and determination that not many others know. I bring that determination with me, in all aspects of my life, including bettering the city council.

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Christopher Mathison
Christopher Mathison

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