Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A Positive Campaign Over: Time to Come Together for a Better Brooklyn Park

The campaign is over - thank goodness. :)   Below is what we've posted on our Facebook page and campaign website.   With a wonderful team behind me, we ran a 100% positive campaign about ideas and hope for our city.  Never once did we mention our opponents name as we campaigned, here, on our Facebook page, our website or in person.  Why?  Because we were determined, as a team and as a candidate, to make this the cleanest, most transparent, most idea-driven campaign in the history of our community.  Mission accomplished.

To the few detractors, and there's always a few, come join us for a better Brooklyn Park future.  Come join us for Good Jobs, Lower Crime and Better Image.  Come join us as we bring bold ideas and new innovations to our city.  The people of my district spoke - they want real change at City Hall and in their community.  Change, not for the sake of change, but for the betterment of their neighborhoods, their safety, their property values and the community as a whole.  Some have used the word "negative" and I say truth is not negative, facts needs to be faced head-on before we can fix the problems.  One can sit back and complain about perceived slights, or you can move forward and join the race to better our community.   Join us as we begin our journey to fix those problems and go forward into a future of more good jobs in our community, lower crime (not just statistics but where residents actually feel like they're safer), and an image changed.  This is an open invitation to friend or perceived foe (a position no one has to be), to anyone who wants a better Brooklyn Park - join us.  There's a large group of community leaders ready to do the big things, be part of it.  I am willing to work with anyone who has the same goals for our city.  My email is

My comments from earlier this morning:

It was a long, hard journey that began almost two years ago having lunch with my friend, Steve Lampi. Over the next year or so we assembled an incredibly diverse team of community leaders to join us. Frankly, a team unlike I’d ever seen in local politics. I am so thankful to them for their incredible help, we could not have done this without them.

Our victory is not about me or our team, it’s about the wonderful people of Brooklyn Park. It’s about Good Jobs, Lower Crime and Better Image – ideas and goals that will affect every resident of our city. I will spend this entire term working on improvements and innovations for those three important themes.

I want to thank my opponent for running a clean campaign. Other than this forum, I don’t have a way to communicate my heart-felt and sincere thoughts for him as one who recently lost his spouse. It’s something I cannot imagine. Rarely have we been on the same side of issues, but we have to remember that we were opponents, not enemies. I have no doubt he has always had the best interests of our community at heart.

The most important person I need to thank is my wife, Michelle. Since the last day of eight grade, when we first met, she has been my best friend through life. In this campaign she was with me – literally – every step of the way. As we “lit dropped”, she and I went to over 5000 doors ourselves, me on one side of the street, she on the other. Warm or cold, good weather or bad, she was with me every day. When I was discouraged, she was there for me. When I was tired but knew we had to keep going, she was there (and just as tired). This win could not have happened without her.

It’s time to get to work. The sleeves are rolled up and we’ve already been discussing ideas to bring forward next year when I’m sworn in. I’m not big on campaign “promises”, but I make this one: I will not be your average council member. I will not just show up to vote. Things will get done, changes are coming, and I will be bold, visionary and innovative in helping to make Brooklyn Park a better place for all of us.

Thank you to the people of Brooklyn Park for this honor. I will not let you down.

- John (11/07/12)