Two seeking Worthington City Council Ward 2 spot
Mike Harmon Why are you seeking this office? I am a 40-plus year Worthington resident. I believe in giving back to a community that has been good to our family. I wish to contribute in shaping the living conditions and amenities for our present a...
Mike Harmon Why are you seeking this office? I am a 40-plus year Worthington resident. I believe in giving back to a community that has been good to our family. I wish to contribute in shaping the living conditions and amenities for our present and future residents.
Experience as it relates to this position I have a business background. I have been involved in both the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities and the League of Minnesota Cities. I have participated in lobbying efforts in St. Paul and Washington, D.C. The efforts will results in Worthington being connected to the Lewis & Clark water project this November.
I serve on the Worthington Public Utilities board, the Center for Active Living board, the Employee Advisory committee, the Prairie Justice Center Joint Powers board and the City-County-MN West-District 518 committee. I have served as the past Chairman/member of the District 518 School Board.
What is your vision for the future of the city? I envision new opportunities for our city due to connecting to the Lewis & Clark water project. My vision includes expansion and support in the Bio-Science field here in Worthington. Our additional water supply will offer expansion potential to existing businesses and to new businesses that require higher water usage. The positive effects would be growth in construction projects, new housing and employment opportunities. Worthington would no longer be threatened by water shortages.
I see an effort to expand, improve and replace city amenities cited by our residents. This would be accomplished by cooperating with interested groups. My present goals are to support the water quality improvement of Lake Okabena, to work with a private developer for a movie theater and complete the Splash Pad/Beach Nook projects in Centennial Park.
Additional comments During these past four years on the council, I have dedicated my time to meetings and training/information workshops in order to better serve our city. I have voted for and against proposals as I felt were in the best interests of Worthington. I believe I have the business and council experience, common sense, principles and integrity to fulfill the requirements of a council member. I would be honored and grateful to serve the citizens of Worthington.
Ryan Weber Why are you seeking this office? I was born and raised in Worthington. I am seeking office as a way to give back to the community that has provided so much for my family and me.
Experience as it relates to this position. I have 14-plus years of experience in the financial sector; my responsibilities include overseeing budgets, working with various business units, supervising team members and networking with community members. I currently serve on the city of Worthington Planning & Zoning Commission. I previously served on the city of Worthington Revolving Loan Fund Committee, and I was a past council member for the city of Bigelow.
What is your vision for the future of the city? I see the city of Worthington as a hub for the region. In order for that to continue, we must attract new businesses (regardless of sector), consider new approaches and provide creative options for growth.
Additional comments: If elected, my decisions will be based on fiscal responsibility. I will separate needs from wants.