Voters Guide

Published by the MN Sun Post, Oct 24, 2019

Steve Schmidgall

Address: 6534 Olympia St.

Age: 65

Family: Married with two daughters

Education: Bachelor of Environmental Design and Master of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota.

Occupation: Project manager for building construction projects

Years lived in city: 35

Community involvement: City council, seven years; planning commission, nine years, chair of bike/pedestrian task force, two years, historical society vice president, six years, District 281 Financial Advisory Council, nine years; Golden Valley Girls Softball League.

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Why are you seeking election for Golden Valley Mayor?

To lead the city council, city staff and residents back to the core mission and values of city government: Strategic development to include affordable housing and new businesses; infrastructure maintenance and enhancement to include completion of the pavement management program, improved access across Highway 55, expanded bike and pedestrian trails and amenities, and continued work on the Blue Line extension; fiscal responsibility, to include paying down city debt and using enterprise funding to support projects mentioned above; effective governance, expand services to all residents, continued improvement in public safety, and continued growth in parks and recreation.

Choose two issues that the Golden Valley City Council should address. Why should the council focus on these issues?

1) A plan for Golden Valley’s City Center to include the Golden Valley shopping center and the city government campus. This will be a guide for citywide development for the next 25 to 50 years.

2) Access across Highway 55: this highway is a major divider of our community and needs to be conveniently crossed to consolidate out community.

What leadership qualities would you bring to the mayor’s office? What role do you believe the mayor plays in effective city government?

I’ve managed construction of nearly a billion dollars worth of construction over my career. I firmly believe that selecting the right team is key to success. Our city has outstanding employees and interested and involved residents. I believe in open, transparent governance with involvement of all constituents: residents, city staff, the city council, and its commissions.