This letter is paid content. A GREAT Councilman for a GREAT City
Here’s What’s Really Going On in the Ward 2 City Council Race
John Becker endorsed City Council President Dean Hove’s opponent in the last election. So this time around, Dean put up his brother’s nephew, Andy Klitzke, to run against Becker. Then Dean recruited more relatives to spread nonsense, half-truths, and lies about Becker through paid Letters to the Editor. To the Editor:
Folks in Ward 2 know, like, and respect John Becker. That’s why Dean Hove’s underhanded campaign to discredit him won’t work. Here are the facts:
• Becker fights for the little guy and takes the heat for it.
Imagine the inside of your home destroyed – sprayed with backup sewage in an accident caused by a City employee. That really happened to one of our neighbors. While embarrassed Council members and City officials hid under their desks, John Becker led the ultimately successful fight for compensation. The grateful family expressed profound thanks. His colleagues on the City Council censored him for speaking out.
• Becker is always open and available.
In fact, he’s the ONLY member of the Red Wing City Council to hold regular public constituent meetings.
• Becker supports our hard working Red Wing cops.
And Chief Roger Pohlman’s program of Community Policing to engage neighborhoods and keep us all safe.
• Becker insists that the people’s business be done in public.
John supports holding public meetings at the Sheldon Theatre, where we can all sit apart safely. Other Council members would rather hide in “virtual” meetings where it’s difficult if not impossible for people to be heard. That way, it’s much easier to approve expensive pet projects like the multimillion dollar “Bridge to Nowhere” on the West End.
• Becker is a small business owner, committed to revitalizing our downtown, spending wisely, and keeping taxes down.
John and his wife, Val, work hard every day to keep their small art and framing shops going. As Councilman, John brings small business-taxpayer-local customer sensibilities to efforts to make downtown Red Wing the best it can be.
• Like all good and sensible leaders, John Becker listens more and talks less.
When people gathered to grieve and protest the death of George Floyd, John respectfully listened. He reminds us all that the Constitution includes the right of the people to peacefully protest.
We are proud to endorse our Councilman, John Becker, for reelection. He deserves your support.