Ryan Holmgren: Continue city’s strong leadership, prepare for growth

(Editor’s note: Four candidates are running for an open Elk River City Council seat to represent Ward 3. The top two finishers in the Aug. 14 primary election will advance to the Nov. 6 general election. Below are the answers to questions posed by the Star News. To see the other candidates’ answers, click on Barb Burandt, Michael McDonough and Chad Wurm.)

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Ryan Holmgren

Ryan Holmgren

Occupation:  Secondary social studies teacher and coach

Previous experience in elected office, if any: None

Previous civic and community involvement:  Continuous work with youth baseball and basketball associations and Community Education in Elk River along with previous schools I have been affiliated with.

What skills and abilities do you have that would help you be a good council member?

I believe that I’m a very good people person and that is very important in this job. The best attribute of this constant skill that I possess is the ability to listen, then lead effectively.  That is what I plan to do as the next Ward 3 council member.

What do you hope to accomplish if elected?

I plan to continue the strong leadership Elk River has had here for many years. I want to ensure continued preparation for growth. I’m not bringing any issues into this race. Instead, I plan to diligently listen and govern effectively those issues that are brought forward once I am elected.

What recent decision or decisions of the Elk River City Council have you liked or disliked and why?

I like the idea and approval of new “Welcome to Elk River” signage at Main Street and 169 intersections to promote our great city.  This is a valuable idea.  I will support this because I feel we need to show visitors how much pride we have in where we live.

What are the three biggest issues facing the city and how would you address them? 

•Ready for growth in industry. Make sure we target the correct industries that will bring opportunity and accessibility.

•Ready for growth in our community. Focus on responsibly maintaining amenities that make Elk River a great place to live and raise families.

•Strong infrastructure intact. The safety of every citizen needs to be assured and never questioned. We must maximize the opportunities of our tax dollars to ensure a safe and secure community for our families and those that serve and protect us.