Lori Braucks announces candidacy for Hastings City Council
May 22 – Hastings, MN – Lori (Bower) Braucks has filed her candidacy for City Council for the Hastings City Council At-Large Representative position.
Lori is a 1997 graduate of Hastings High School, and also a graduate of UW-Eau Claire and William Mitchell College of Law. She resides in Hastings with her husband, Tommy, and her children Johnathan (10) and Grace (7), who attend Pine Harbor Christian Academy. Lori is an active member of the community as a member of the Hastings City Council since 2015, a past member Hastings Charter Commission (2009-2014) and the Board of Directors for Black Dirt Theater (2011 to 2015). Lori has worked in legal technology for the past 13 years and currently works as a Case Manager at Thomson Reuters in Eagan.
Economic development and common sense politics are the primary issues I hear from our townspeople. They are my top priority for the next four years. I want our business owners to be free to succeed in Hastings, and I want Hastings to continue to attract creative new businesses. I see my role on city council is to keep a firm hand on the wheel to steer clear of policies and decisions that would make it harder to be successful in Hastings, for ourselves and our children.
It is unfortunate that (Washington County's) energy policies are negatively affecting a local business' ability to perform their contractual obligations to their customers,
Star Gazette article regarding the unfortunate rate increase in sanitation due to Washington County's policy decisions affecting Dakota County residents.
The two bits of feedback I've heard of the situation is, "He was a great guy in high school," and "He's a great firefighter." Not discounting his work and career, neither of those things are a requirement for the executive-level position of a fire chief. This was a plain and simple policy decision.
I expect excellence among the leadership of our city, defending it where it exists, and pushing for improvement where it isn't. Our public servants deserve our best leaders.
Coming from experience in the private sector, if an executive is violating policy and not getting the results he's been compensated to get, he is replaced with someone who will.
Lori will be guest emcee at lumin's new Scriptease above our new Fireside Social House!
Hastings Star Gazette
I empathize with strong emotion and passion, but it isn't helpful in decision making. We must separate emotion from policy. If your policy idea is good, sound and based in logic, there is zero reason to rush through the lawmaking process. Our system is meant to take time to discuss, reach consensus and then enact into law. Law moves slowly so that policies are not rash and reactive.
As posted to Hastings Star Gazette
While having obvious concern for public safety and representing her constituents, and by no means benefitting from her decision, Lori defended the wisdom of not allowing ineffective policy to place the city in jeopardy by risk of litigation from violating constitutional rights, a decision praised by the Minnesota Department of Corrections.
The sometimes cost-prohibitive WAC/SAC fee levied by Met Council is too over-reaching. We need policy that helps businesses start, not punishing them for expanding and building by charging an unjust fee before they've even opened their doors. We can start by reducing the burden by 25%.
Hastings Star Gazette