Issues and then corresponding experience/events related to those issues

Jeff will:

  • Support the development of the Blue Line Rail Corridor to provide transportation options throughout northwest metro for our residents. 
  • Advocate for more bus options to provide more suburb to suburb lines so people do not have to spend hours to commute to another suburb. 
  • Will fight to get the necessary funding allocated so we can make safety a priority on Hwy 252.

Experience / events:

  • Founding Mayor of the Blue Line Coalition of Cities to represent our voice and interests for the development of the Blue Line Rail Corridor 
  • Member of the Metro Council Corridor Management Committee for over 10 years
  • Testified in front of Federal Transit Administration in advocacy of light rail and transit projects throughout the entire metro
  • Successful work with State Legislators and County for transportation funding for Hwy 610, Hwy 169 interchange, Devil’s Triangle and many other projects

Jeff will:

  • Work to ensure our Public Safety and Law system is fair, that policies reflect the reality for everyone in our county. 
  • Develop systems for redirecting people engaged in our court system to the help they need.   
  • Focus the county on the root cause for the real challenges in our residents’ lives.   
  • Increase opportunities for job training and business creation by working with cities and state to drive change.
  • Increase the focus of the county for the root causes of Homelessness, whether due to economic hardship, mental health challenges, addiction and sex trafficking. 
  • Want to increase the role of Hennepin County in supporting our military veterans and their families, including support for mental health and suicide prevention.

Experience / events:

  • Advisory Board for Cities United / Obama Foundation : My Brothers Keeper 
  • Led effort to change the 2nd largest apartment complex in the state from market rate to non-profit owned providing over 900 units of affordable housing. 
  • Member of the Hennepin County Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee  Coalition
  • Led the efforts of Brooklyn Park, driving over $1B of private & public investment in our city.
  • Have been a leader in the Brooklyn Bridge Alliance, which has brought together Hennepin County, Cites of Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park, 4 school districts and NHCC / HTC to change the future of youth by coordinating our efforts. 
  • Led the effort in Brooklyn Park to establish the first Teen Homeless Shelter, Brooklyn Avenues for Youth, to help combat youth homelessness and sex trafficking. 
  • Was the leader who engaged the community in a conversation about mental health & youth, resulting in an economic partnership with Prairie Care Mental Health Hospital being built 
  • 2018 State VFW Honoree for my work to support veterans. 

Jeff will:

  • Want to continue the development of bike trails throughout the district, so that all of our district has access to an interconnected & safe bike trail system. 
  • Be an active participant in the partnership between Hennepin County and Three Rivers Park District. 
  • Look for environmentally sustainable ways to save taxpayer money and be environmentally aware through the use of renewable energy and helping residents & businesses to engage in this effort in their own homes & buildings. 
  • Expand partnerships with cities for the development of parks and city bike trails to help bridge the gaps between county and park destinations.

Experience / events:

  • Led the development of a partnership between City of Brooklyn Park and Three Rivers Park District to combine a city and park district land into one regional park called the Mississippi Gateway.   
  • Developed and implemented the largest solar array system on public property in the state of Minnesota, by building solar arrays on city property. 
  • Partnered with the Osseo School District to build a sports dome at Park Center High School, provide yearly sports and activities for all members of our community. 
  • Have represented the Mississippi River area for over 14 years, fighting to keep it safe while working to make sure all members of our communities especially our youth can be introduced to nature. 

Jeff’s Goals:

  • Jeff wants Hennepin County to focus on the root causes of issues and adopt a systematic approach to results.  If we are not getting the results we need, we need to change our approach. 
  • Given the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is essential the County recognize the reality of the residents and business in our county, and do everything we can to have our county budget reflect those realities. 
  • Hennepin County needs to be faster in how we react and more effective in outcomes at all levels.

Experience / events:

  • As Mayor, Jeff lead efforts to lower crime in our city to the lowest levels in 30+ years, despite having 50% more residents. 
  • Brought in over $1B of private and public investment into our city. 
  • Brooklyn Park has been the leading job creator in Hennepin County. 
  • Community pride in our city has risen to over 90% approval in public surveys. 
  • Successful passage of a park bond in the city to invest in our city parks for the next twenty years. 
  • Led the city out of the depths of the housing foreclosure crisis which hit Brooklyn Park the hardest of any city in the metro. 
  • Adopted a First or Best motto, which reflects the speed of which our city government does business.