I am honored to have been elected today to represent Ward 2 on the Saint Paul City Council.  It is exciting to be the first woman to ever represent our Ward and to take office at a time of such energy and opportunity in our City.

Running for office is not an easy task.  Thank you to my fellow candidates – Sharon Anderson, Pat Fearing, Bill Hosko, Michael Johnson and Darren Tobolt – and their supporters.  It was an honor to share the stage with you at the candidate forums and to hear your ideas on how to make Ward 2 a better place.  I look forward to working with you in the future.

This campaign has been an incredibly powerful experience.  I have met hundreds of St. Paulites – young couples who just moved to Lowertown and seniors who have lived on W. 7th for decades, artists and students and business owners, people who are intimately acquainted with local politics and those who were voting this year for the very first time.

I have been moved and inspired by our conversations about equity and economic development, balancing the needs of progress with conserving our neighborhoods, building a transit system that is truly a first choice, creating more opportunities for our young people in parks, rec centers, libraries and in the workforce.  And perhaps more than anything, creating a culture in City Hall that is transparent and inclusive of all people.

We have tremendous opportunities and daunting challenges ahead in the next four years – and there’s a lot of work to do.  I’m excited to begin.