Andrew Buccanero QUESTION #1 Start your response by informing readers which seat you are running for. Describe what you specifically will contribute as a positive force for your city. For example, do you have prior accomplishments related to being an office-holder? Is your professional background suited especially? I’ve been involved with our local government ever since my wife and I moved to Wyoming a few years ago by serving as the Assistant Treasurer on the Wyoming Economic Development Authority. This experience and the collaboration I’ve shared with our mayor and current city council has driven me to serve even further by running in this election for Wyoming City Council. If elected, fostering economic development to grow our tax base within our city is a main priority for me and I believe my experience on the Wyoming Economic Development Authority will translate well and help the city accomplish this. Professionally, I am a Trader & Investment Analyst. I understand budgets, financial reports, and risk management, and I believe these are strong skills to have while making crucial decisions for our community and for managing our city’s budget responsibly.
QUESTION #2 If you had to name one thing holding your community back, keeping it from being the best place to live ever, what is that and what do you want to do about it? One thing holding our community back would be our sluggish growth in economic development and, something that does not get nearly enough attention, our lack of affordable housing. If elected, I will work to make economic development a main priority for our city so we can grow our tax base to avoid raising taxes on our current residents, and I want to do this in a responsible manner to foster our small town feel that we all love about our community. It is very well known that Minnesota is facing an affordable housing crisis, and labor studies over the past few years by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development have confirmed this crisis is impacting Chisago County. I’ve personally heard how many people who come to work for our employers in Wyoming are unable to afford to live in our town. Those of us on the Wyoming Economic Development Authority have been working hard with developers to attract these projects. I want to continue to seek these projects and work to attract and give these potential residents who want to live in our fine city the opportunity to do so, which will translate into a greater tax base, more dollars being spent at our local businesses and within our local economy, and an overall thriving community and city.
Linda Nanko-Yeager QUESTION #1 Start your response by informing readers which seat you are running for. Describe what you specifically will contribute as a positive force for your city. For example, do you have prior accomplishments related to being an office-holder? Is your professional background suited especially? I am running for a Wyoming City Council seat. In addition to the experience and knowledge I’ve gained serving three terms on council and in various liaison positions, including vice chair of the Rush Line Task Force, a regional transportation corridor that has brought bus service to Forest Lake and used by many Chisago County residents and past vice chair of the Hwy 8 Task Force. I am accessible if anyone has a question or a concern and can be seen out and about in Wyoming whether on my daily walks or helping out in the community by scooping ice cream at National Night Out, working the Friends of the Library book sale and helping out the Wyoming Lions by calling Bingo at Stagecoach Days, and cleaning up the flower gardens the Girl Scouts planted in Ashton Park.
I will continue to be an independent and objective advocate for the City’s residents and businesses. I believe that Council members should scrutinize and analyze the information presented to them for clarity and accountability. Finally, I will continue to speak on behalf of those who don’t feel they have a voice at City Hall.
QUESTION #2 If you had to name one thing holding your community back, keeping it from being the best place to live ever, what is that and what do you want to do about it? The question isn’t so much about what is holding Wyoming back, but what does the City need to prosper. Wyoming’s prosperity depends on the prosperity of each and every one of its residents and businesses. The city must be affordable for its existing taxpayers to prosper as well as to attract a diverse mix of new residents and businesses
One way to do this is to expand the city’s tax base. Due to the economic difficulties resulting from the pandemic as well as the increasing city levy, families and local businesses are struggling to pay their taxes. Attracting a diverse mix of new businesses and expanding existing businesses would both broaden the tax base and lessen the tax burden for everyone.
To accomplish this goal, the city must operate as cost effectively as possible so that Wyoming is an affordable place to live and own a business in. Actions City Council can take to achieve this goal include rescinding its decision last May to double the amount staff can spend without Council authorization (now $10,000.00) and questioning expenditures, so that staff has what it actually needs, while wants can wait until the economy improves and the tax base expands. With these actions Council would be better able to exercise its oversight duty on spending, enhance transparency, and enable its taxpayers to thrive.
Brett Ohnstad QUESTION #1 Start your response by informing readers which seat you are running for. Describe what you specifically will contribute as a positive force for your city. For example, do you have prior accomplishments related to being an office-holder? Is your professional background suited especially? My name is Brett Ohnstad and I am currently running for a seat on the Wyoming city Council. I have been a correctional officer for the last 26 years and during that time i have served as a steward helping fellow officers for the last 20 years. Several years ago I began acting and advocate for fellow correctional officer’s issues as a lobbyist at our state capital. I have also served as a board member for a nationwide organization dedicated to recognizing that exceptional and the fallen Correctional Officers across our country. Most recently I was elected as a Trustee with the Teamsters overseeing a multi-million dollar budget.
My interests in local Government has led me to serving as a member of the Wyoming Park Advisory Commission and Tree Board where I have been able to incorporate new ideas for our city’s parks and trail. This includes working to develop Fireside park into a Butterfly and Bee habitat with trails, themed play equipment, and parking to transform it an attraction for residents from across the city. I have also been involved in modernizing Swenson Park to include bringing the park into ADA compliance, finding an economical solution for replacing the boards on the hickey rink, and replacing the lighting with low voltage lighting that will save money and not shine into neighboring houses.
QUESTION #2 If you had to name one thing holding your community back, keeping it from being the best place to live ever, what is that and what do you want to do about it? I believe that one of the best things that I can do for the city is to continue working to make our city a destination rather than a waypoint. We can do this by continuing to bring jobs and business in to town that bring value to our city. We need to develop unique retail and restaurants in our city. We can look to the future as we continue to develop and expand the value and usefulness of our parks and trails for both young and adult members of our community. And finally, we can continue to support our public safety division and our city works department, retaining the best and brightest so as to continue the great services that we have come to expect. All of this to attract people to our city.
I have confidence that as a city council member for the the city of Wyoming I, Brett Ohnstad, will be able to do this for our community.