As president of Northeast Brainerd Residents Association, Kevin Goedker has firsthand knowledge of the concerns of his neighbors.
Now he wants to address those concerns on the Brainerd City Council.
Goedker Thursday announced his intention to run for the Ward 3 city council seat in the Nov. 3 election.
"My intentions in this race are not to focus on what mistakes the city or council may have made in the past but instead to create a goal-oriented environment to make our future the best it can possibly be in Brainerd and to do my part as a citizen," Goedker said. "We've got a big job ahead of us. We need to buckle down and deal with issues that positively influence this area."
Taking a page from his days as a Marine, Goedker is running on a platform consisting of seven "Cs": common sense, cooperation, community involvement, commerce and industry, consistency, communication and consideration.
He said if elected he will meet quarterly with northeast Brainerd residents and bring their concerns directly to the council.
"I want to be more involved with the actual concerns with northeast Brainerd constituents," Goedker said. "This is an efficient way to keep in contact with the citizens."
Specific issues he would like to address if elected include neighborhood crime prevention, affordable housing, a balanced budget and wise spending. He said the council has to weigh its decisions carefully because they affect not only the city but the whole area.
Goedker ran unsuccessfully for Brainerd mayor in 2000, and he said he was a bit hesitant to run for Ward 3 because he thought Frank Asplund, a former council member, or Bonnie Cumberland, a former mayor, were going to run. Both, however, agreed to support Goedker.
"It's going to be an interesting race, for sure, but I feel confident that people will look at facts and elect the best person for the job," Goedker said.
Goedker, who owns a real estate and property management company, served five years in the Marine Corps.
Jim Sykes previously announced he would file for the Ward 3 seat.
Filings for city posts open Aug. 24 and close Sept. 7.
MATT ERICKSON can be reached at email@example.com or 855-5857.
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