Editor’s note: In lieu of not being featured in the 2020 General Election Guide that ran in the Sept. 17 edition of the Isanti-Chisago County Star, local candidates who are running unopposed were invited to submit their own information. Below is current North Branch City Council Member Kelly Neider’s submission.

Neider running for second city council term

Reason for Running: I would like to continue to represent the citizens of NB. I strongly believe in transparency and proper oversight in all areas of city government. I have learned a great deal over the past 3.8 years and think I can continue to be an asset to the team, a council of five. North Branch is experiencing explosive growth right now and I have built a good relationship with our city staff and would like to continue that for another four years.

Recent Accomplishments: After being appointed to the NBWL Commission in 2019, I was a part of successfully overseeing the retirement of the general manager, adopting a five-member commission and moving the NBWL commission meetings from the NBWL building to the City Chambers for complete transparency. In addition to that we successfully hired a financial director for total oversight of the Water and Light revenues, which has never happened before.

Top Priorities: My top priorities continue to be job growth, affordable housing, and businesses moving into our Interstate Industrial Park. I will continue to build solid relationships with our chamber (which I serve on the Member Benefits team), with our schools and the new Superintendent Sara Paul, and continue to work with our senior population.

Biggest Challenges: One of my biggest challenges continues to keep our citizens informed. I have actively used social media to accomplish that and it has been very satisfying to see so many getting involved in recent months. Another challenge, as I am sure it is for many, is where do we go from here when it comes to COVID19? I want to support our local business, restaurants and citizens. North Branch received $808,000 in Cares Act funding. I want to see that those dollars are spent on the things that will move our city in a positive direction.

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