This letter is paid content. I ran for the Red Wing City Council with the single goal of helping people. When I began my campaign to win your support, I thought it would be about engaging as many residents as possible, showing the voters that I understand the responsibility associated with representing you, and proving I’m serious about my commitment to public service.
That quickly changed. As I listened to residents, my campaign became a crusade to help the parents who are worried that they can’t provide the kind of future they want for their kids, and the young people who think buying their first home is out of reach, along with the seniors concerned they may not be able to live the comfortable retirement they planned.
My campaign became a call to action to rescue the small business owners being squeezed by forces out of their control, and to bring hope and progress to the people who are not feeling like they are equal members of our community.
I now know first-hand that Red Wing families and small business owners cannot wait for meaningful budget reform. We need lower taxes and less spending that puts real dollars back in our pockets. We need leaders who pursue new opportunities for growth that will kick-start our economy, and new affordable housing that does not destroy our historic neighborhoods. I will get to work on them all right away in January.
I got your message on public safety. You want more, not less. I will make sure our police and fire professionals have the tools and any new training they need to deal effectively with today’s challenges.
I will keep on listening. The best ideas come from you, and I do not want to miss out on them, or on a chance to help. I will actively seek your opinions before making any decision, and I will consider them all.
I will work for our vision of a future Red Wing that is less taxed and more secure, with fairness, mutual respect, and a new prosperity that includes everyone. I plan to bring you power and choice at City Hall.
I would appreciate your vote for the chance to make life better for all our families.
Please call me at home: 651-212-6244 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you.
Andy Klitzke - Ward 2 City Council Candidate
Red Wing, Minn.