At-Large Election

The Highland District Council will be holding a Special Election for one At-Large position this fall. This position will fill a partial term and be up for re-election in April 2021.

The Special Election will run from Thursday, October 1 at 8 pm to Sunday, October 4 at 8 pm via Survey Monkey. The link to the Survey Monkey ballot will be posted here on October 1 and shared on HDC’s social media and other communication channels.

Details about each candidate will be posted on this page and candidates will be invited to introduce themselves at the virtual HDC October Board Meeting on Thursday, October 1 at 7 pm. The Zoom meeting log in information will be shared here in the coming weeks and on this page.

October 2020 At-Large Candidates

Kathleen Anderson

What is your connection to the Highland Park neighborhood?
My husband and I moved here last summer with our young sons from Brooklyn, NY. We quickly fell in love with the area and bought a house just north of the golf course. A silver lining of the pandemic has been staying so close to home and getting to know our neighbors and the neighborhood more intimately.

What makes the Highland District Council mission meaningful to you?
A social worker by training, I understand our lives (and our well-being) as being inextricably linked to the environment that we are living within – our work, our education, our recreation, our worship – and the relationships within those spheres. I want neighbors (of all backgrounds) to feel rooted within Highland Park, to feel supported and welcomed, and to envision a long future here. This is now my home and I want others to feel that as well, in every sense of the word.

What do you see as the greatest opportunities for our community?
I’m still very much getting to know the neighborhood, its stakeholders, and its history, but I’ve been very touched to see how well the community has bonded together in solidarity and pivoted in terms of creative problem-solving in the face of the corona virus pandemic. We collectively face a lot of complex challenges as a society, but our community has demonstrated a commitment to our inter-connectedness, our ability to do hard things, and our faith in getting through it together through thoughtful planning, dialogue, and some good humor.

What do you see as the primary challenges for our community?
Again, I’m still very much getting my bearings as a new member of the community, but I’ve been doing some organizing amongst our neighbors and the Racial Justice Committee of Gloria Dei to learn more about and address the homogeneity of the neighborhood and how we contribute to the “Minnesotan Paradox” and racial inequality. Or, as a committee member shared tonight, the sense that “there are two Highlands”. How do we bridge that divide, create more exchange and understanding between neighbors, and secure more opportunities and a sense of safety and belonging for all?

What strengths would you bring to the Highland District Council?
I am best when I am building relationships, onboarding people to new ideas and projects, thinking (and debating) about complex issues, and doing whatever it takes to get a job done. I’m a team player, have great organizational skills, and a really big heart.

 

Andy Flamm

What is your connection to the Highland Park neighborhood?
I’ve lived in Highland for 34 years and love our neighbors and proximity to so many wonderful restaurants and other small businesses. My daughters went to Highland Senior High.

What makes the Highland District Council mission meaningful to you?
It does “take a village” to raise successful children and provide support to adults who are striving to make good lives for themselves, their families and their neighbors. The HDC is integral to improving upon that framework by working with the City Council to coordinate the City’s actions with our local needs.

What do you see as the greatest opportunities for our community?
Certainly the development of the Ford site (Highland Bridge) is a fantastic opportunity to expand our community and what it offers current and prospective inhabitants, workers and visitors. Improved transportation options, including better transit, biking and pedestrian routes, will provide multiple benefits for our people and our environment.

What do you see as the primary challenges for our community?
Coping with the challenges of Covid and improving public safety while reducing systemic unfairness.

What strengths would you bring to the Highland District Council?
I have many years of relevant experience as a business owner, board member of the downtown district council and chair of the Skyway Governance Advisory Committee. I currently serve on the HDC’s Transportation Committee. Most of all, I care about our community and would share neighbor concerns with the Board and vice-versa.

 

Sumner Pitt

What is your connection to the Highland Park neighborhood?
When I moved to Highland Park in May 2020, I quickly realized I had moved to the most livable neighborhood in St. Paul. Highland Park is a great place to eat, play, and social distance. As I continue to make Highland Park my home, I want to meaningfully contribute to the community by joining the Highland District Council.

What makes the Highland District Council mission meaningful to you?
I believe that in order to create a more vibrant and welcoming neighborhood, there must be collaboration and engagement between all members of the community. The mission recognizes this value by including not just those who live in our neighborhood, but also those who work here and attend school here. I believe it is also valuable to partner with businesses and local government, as they are important stakeholders in our neighborhood’s development.

What do you see as the greatest opportunities for our community?
Highland Park has an abundance of public parks and green spaces that help community members live healthy lives and I want to ensure these spaces are preserved and enriched. Additionally, Highland Village effectively combines walkable retail shopping and businesses with residential areas. We have a promising opportunity to support and open more local businesses in Highland Village.

What do you see as the primary challenges for our community?
Like the rest of the Twin Cities and the U.S., Highland Park has been reckoning with social justice issues and racial inequality. We are a welcoming community, but we should challenge ourselves to become more inclusive and equitable. Also, as the U.S. awaits a COVID-19 vaccine, our community faces the challenge of balancing taking appropriate precautions, preserving social connections, and supporting businesses, employees, and schools.

What strengths would you bring to the Highland District Council?
I am uniquely positioned to serve Highland Park community members, as I advise and support Minnesotans as an employee of the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office. Each day, I hear from Minnesotans about issues they care about and this experience prepares me to listen to Highland Park community members and advocate for them. Additionally, I am a renter and would likely be the youngest council member, so I would represent and support the growing neighborhood population that trends younger and less affluent.

 

Brad Reinboldt

What is your connection to the Highland Park neighborhood?
I have lived in the greater Highland Park area for more than 23 years. During this time, I have volunteered for numerous school and sporting activities in roles including fund raising and supporting local teams. My objective in seeking an At Large Seat is to increase my contribution to the community and assist where ever I am able so it can thrive well into the future.

What makes the Highland District Council mission meaningful to you?
The interconnected nature of the themes called out culminating in the foundation on which Highland Park is built: welcoming, and safe neighborhoods. For me, this means providing tangible, ongoing confirmation to each resident of their individual value as well as what their unique world view and talents can contribute to enhance the diversity of the entire community. Each of us must play our part in fostering this to ensure a robust and nurturing environment for the greater good.

What do you see as the greatest opportunities for our community?
I see tremendous opportunities and am hopeful that we can take the awful health crisis we are currently experiencing and find many silver linings. This is based on the positive energy and actions I have witnessed as neighbors pull together to support one another. I see this manifested in how people interact with more patience and understanding; in the many wonderful yard signs offering encouragement to essential workers, and beyond. This amazing outpouring can serve us well, helping us overcome the near-term obstacles while accelerating the goal of building a more equitable and just community

What do you see as the primary challenges for our community?
1) Ensuring all Highland Park neighbors feel welcomed and safe, especially those marginalized, and all have opportunity to have their voices heard on issues and topics that impact them right now and will shape the future of Highland Park.
2) Aligning the day-to-day needs of today’s community (e.g. effective street maintenance, adequate snow plowing) with recent city budgetary constraints while addressing strategic initiatives such as sustainability and livability to protect and nurture future generations.
3) Creating an environment that enables Highland Park businesses to thrive and entrepreneurs to launch new ventures thereby allowing the continued growth of living and shopping locally.

What strengths would you bring to the Highland District Council?
1) A commitment to open dialogue.
2) A willingness to hear out alternate perspectives.
3) A varied academic history as both student and professor that enables me to speak to the important local and global issues that impact our neighborhoods and community.
4) An understanding of the many technological forces that influence everyday life.

 

Lindsay Shimizu

What is your connection to the Highland Park neighborhood?
I’ve lived in Highland Park for the past 5 years—you can often find me walking to the library in the summer and running my dog at the golf course in the winter. I love this community and I want to contribute to making it an even better place for years to come.

What makes the Highland District Council mission meaningful to you?
I feel connected to the mission of improving the community for all of our residents, no matter where in the neighborhood they might live. I also think I bring a unique perspective to the table as an ally for racial and social justice. I hope to lend my passion and skills to make an impact for all our community members.

What do you see as the greatest opportunities for our community?
We have a great opportunity to continue to make the new Highland Bridge development the best it can be by continued input. We also have an important role to play to improve outreach and equity to connect the broader Highland community. Finally, I think we can continue to balance communication mediums to broaden our reach and increase awareness of the council and what we can do for Highland.

What do you see as the primary challenges for our community?
I think like the rest of the country we’ve seen more and more divisions emerge in recent years, which makes the work of the HDC even more critical to make sure all voices are heard and considered. Obviously, the pandemic has brought a lot of underlying issues to light that we need to work harder to address. For example, improving access to green space/resources/technology, mitigating challenges for small businesses, and staying connected in this virtual world.

What strengths would you bring to the Highland District Council?
As a software consultant, I develop processes and coordinate projects to achieve mutual goals. I also bring a high level of creativity and a passion for digging into new ideas. Most importantly, I’m able to step back and see things from a variety of perspectives, which I believe helps solve problems before they occur.