GRID 8 CANDIDATES

GRID 8 

Grid 8 Ballot

Michelle Doyle – Grid 8

What is your connection to the Highland Park neighborhood? When careers brought us to Minnesota in 2010, we landed in Highland Park because we were attracted to the small neighborhood feel that had many connections to nature and the close proximity to the University of Minnesota and both downtown areas. A year later we bought a house and are now raising two boys here. We are happy to call Highland Park home since it is walkable, quiet, safe and friendly. We have become part of the community through interactions with our neighbors, our school, local sports organizations and local businesses. We love being part of this dynamic community.
What makes the Highland District Council mission meaningful to you? The two facets of the HDC mission that resonate the most with me are connecting with neighbors and supporting local businesses. I believe it’s important to create meaningful person-to-person relationships, and to actively participate in the community through involvement in community organizations and by engaging my neighbors on current issues impacting our neighborhood. Small businesses create opportunities for individuals and generate unique character in the neighborhood.
What do you see as the greatest opportunities for our community? Our greatest opportunity currently is to oversee the transition of an industrial space to a modern residential neighborhood. Within the Ford site redevelopment and throughout Highland Park we should strive to increase connections to nature and outdoor spaces for all residents; to increase opportunities for local small business to grow and thrive; to support local community organizations and opportunities for children and families (recreation and learning). Together these things are key to forming a vibrant and thriving community. We should focus on promoting desirable qualities in Highland Park such as a moderate blend of single-family and multi-family housing options, supporting a mix of local businesses and restaurants, easy access to the river, parks, trails and recreational opportunities, investing in schools and engineering common sense traffic solutions. Realizing these opportunities will ensure our neighborhood continues to be a wonderful place for future generations.
What do you see as the primary challenges for our community? Highland Park is a highly desirable neighborhood with relatively high housing costs. We need to ensure there is a good mix of affordable middle-class housing options and we need to advocate to the city to decrease property taxes while maintaining smart investments in the most crucial aspects of our community such as schools, infrastructure, public spaces, and public safety.
What strengths would you bring to the Highland District Council? As a scientist, I bring objectivity and analytical thinking to consideration of complex community problems. As a new board member this past year, I found that I have a keen ability to find the common ground and bring people together.

 

Rabbi Moishe Kasowitz – Grid 8

What is your connection to the Highland Park neighborhood? I live here and care about the area.
What makes the Highland District Council mission meaningful to you? My life has been about community service and I see this as an extension of that.
What do you see as the greatest opportunities for our community? One of the greatest benefits of living in Highland Park is that it is a safe and caring community and I would welcome the chance to give back to the neighborhood. In particular to serve the people of Grid 8.
What do you see as the primary challenges for our community? Making sure that all voices are heard and respected. Working toward making sure that basic city services are rendered in a timely and efficient manner.
What strengths would you bring to the Highland District Council? I know many people in Grid 8 and throughout Highland Park. I believe that I would be available to hear concerns from a wide spectrum of our community and represent them faithfully.