Kari NT moderating panel on stage

Local government needs to earn the trust of all community members by helping to navigate uncertainty and lead everyone forward, especially during this global health crisis. As mayor, I will help New Brighton through these complex times to create together a welcoming, thriving community with ample, living wage jobs, increased homeownership and affordable housing, and energetic, safe streets.

​New Brighton needs:

  • Operational Innovation

    • Develop new revenue models for growth: Meet the needs of residents and business owners with services, during the pandemic and beyond

    • Reimagine government: Envision new models, craft new best practices, and innovate for a city of the future; New Brighton benefits today because leaders did that in the past

    • Explore new methods of engagement: Advance new ways to inclusively work together including more remote, virtual, and social distanced meetings so we are still working together

    • Listen to multiple generations: Ask critical questions to understand fully the community, and assess new paths forward by hearing input so government works with people


  • Economic & Community Development Alignment

    • Balance business and resident needs: Involve all community members in solutions so there is a thriving city with economic vision, supports, and amenities

    • Invest in excellent city employees: Provide the tools, training and professional development to New Brighton’s staff to recruit, retain, and empower them to succeed

    • Honor housing promises: From making safety commitments to valuing all types of housing, the city must champion everyone’s rights and all stages of life housing, and stop affordable housing from falling into disrepair

    • Lead in sustainability: Initiatives, including clean energy, deliver cost savings and other community benefits if agreements are created to provide value back to the city


  • Serving Community with Equity 

    • Engage more residents and businesses: To create an equitable system, everyone's voice must be heard and services must be accessible; citizens are grateful for the formal commissions’ volunteers and there are thousands more who could contribute in new ways

    • Serve and welcome more of the community: The broader community will help neighbors and better meet existing needs, including the city’s youth, if residents know what is needed

    • Prioritize clearly inclusion and human rights: A not-followed City code on human rights and the past Inclusion Task Force recommendations on inclusion and equity are not, but should be, visible across all of New Brighton’s departmental budgets

    • Provide clear, coordinated leadership in a pandemic: Share widely the latest developments in public health on coronavirus impacts to support businesses and residents, especially the most vulnerable ​and elderly

  • Transparency & Accountability

    • Drive results transparently: Community members should provide input into goals and services, and city staff and elected officials should share progress updates on results

    • Develop accountability through a simple scorecard: Measuring and communicating key performance indicators celebrates successes, improves outcomes, and brings integrity to the system; if it is not being measured, it won’t get done

    • Deliver excellence in water quality: Water quality is a critical service that demands attentiveness and continual improvement; water quantity and conservation efforts must be integrated

    • Be truthful and honest on past challenges: Lawsuits are costly and create negative publicity; nonpartisan, open conversations about how New Brighton can and should do better is essential; wisdom and justice come from learning and truth