Sunday, September 06, 2009

At-Large Hillsider Candidate statements for city council: Becky Hall

Main issues
I’m running for Duluth City Council because I want a city that does everything possible to help its citizens prosper. How can Duluth do this? Make job growth a priority again. Streamline city services so prospective employers don’t have to wait for the help they need to expand or locate here. Improve how our business, non-profit and political leaders work together. By working together we can present a united front to new employers that says: “We’re open for business!
My family was able to move to Duluth because of a wonderful job opportunity. As a mom, I’d like nothing more than for my kids and yours to also have the opportunity to raise a family here someday. The fact is, too many families are struggling to make ends meet because Duluth has put job development on the back burner for far too long. More jobs would mean rebuilding our tax base without constantly increasing taxes.

I have worked with many communities in their efforts to create jobs as an economic development specialist for the state of Minnesota. I want to put that experience to work for Duluth. I think it’s time City Hall makes job growth, job number one.

Personal background
Currently I am a stay-at-home mom of five great kids and a community activist. Aside from the many volunteer activities that I have participated in within our community, I have also been a member of several non-profit boards as well as a couple of neighborhood committees.
My professional experience is in economic development. I ran for City Council At-Large two years ago when I came in first in the primary election and third in the general election (I won the “Kids Vote!”). I was also the runner-up for the vacant position at the City Council created when Council Roger Reinert left to become a state representative. I would be honored to have your vote!