This letter is paid content. Why Janie? Janie Farrar is my choice for Mayor of Red Wing because she is an individual who is fair-minded, strong in character with the upmost integrity and someone whose word or opinion you’ll never have to question. Janie is a straight-shooter that brings common sense and a clear vision for the future of this beautiful river town that has so much potential.
I have worked alongside Janie as a member of the YMCA Board of Directors, which she chairs. She is organized and always prepared, she actively draws out and listens to learn from all voices and leads with both smarts and heart. While direct in her communications, Janie is kind and respectful in her challenges and engagement among differing points of view. Why now? Now more than ever we need community leaders who have demonstrated leadership qualities that foster unity, who find solutions and drive change for positive impact. Here is what concerns me the most about our current state of affairs in Red Wing:
• Property tax increases – up 90% since 2011 – the highest in the State of Minnesota per capita for 2500+ city in 2018
• Spending increases have gone up 120% since 2011
• Poverty rate has doubled since 1999
• Household income has decreased – down 26% since 1999
• Population stagnant at 16,000 since 2000 – this alone should alarm all citizens
These are issues that deeply concern me about the future of Red Wing. We need leaders like Janie who will build trust and use taxpayer money on the greatest needs to produce the greatest return long term.
That’s why I’m voting for Janie Farrar for Mayor on August 11 to make Red Wing stronger, more vibrant and a place where people come to live, work, shop, eat, play and stay.
Red Wing, Minn.