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Sunday, August 2, 2009
2009 PWW Candidate Questionnaire
While our primary purpose here at Park Watch Watch is to pick, poke, prod and provoke that pestering plague Park Watch, our motivation is of course our unapologetic love for our parks. To that end, we are asking candidates for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to complete the following the 2009 PWW Candidate Questionnaire, the responses to which we will share with for our hundreds of readers to help them in their voting decisions this fall.
This questionnaire is being sent to the candidates listed below. We ask that completed questionnaires be returned as soon as possible, before August 14th. We will post answers as we receive them. If candidates choose not to respond, we will attempt to present that candidate based on his or her record, campaign materials, and public statements.
1. Why are you running to be a Commissioner on the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board?
2. How would you describe the “job” of a park commissioner? What are the most important roles and responsibilities?
3. Are you running on a “reform” platform, or not? Please explain, be specific.
4. Do you support or oppose the proposed referendum for Park Board independence? Please explain.
5. What experience do you have that qualifies you to serve on a board of an organization that has a $60 million budget, 600 full time employees, 1300 part time employees and controls 6400 acres of park land?
6. What is your view on how the MPRB should approach public/private partnerships, “enterprise” or income-generating projects?
7. While employee morale remains high, there has been an acrimonious relationship between some of the members of the board and the staff and even between board members themselves. Why do you think this is, and what if anything would you do to improve these relationships?
8. There is a general perception that the MPRB has sometimes has strained relationships with other organizations (City, County). What is your perception and how will you approach these relationships?
Mary Merrill Anderson, Bryn Mawr, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Bernard, St. Anthony West, email@example.com
John Butler, Windom Park
John Erwin, Seward, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Fine, Linden Hills, email@example.com
Tom Nordyke, Cedar-Isles-Dean, firstname.lastname@example.org
David Wahlstedt, Bryn Mawr
Annie Young, East Phillips, email@example.com
Bernie Kunza, Columbia Park, firstname.lastname@example.org
John Malone,St. Anthony West
Liz Wielinski, Columbia Park, email@example.com
Michael Guest, Powderhorn Park, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jon Olson, Victory, email@example.com
Scott Vreeland, Seward, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Wendorf, Downtown, email@example.com
Anita Tabb, Lowry Hill, firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Barland, Field, email@example.com
Carol Kummer, Nokomis East, firstname.lastname@example.org
McClain Looney, Bryant, email@example.com
Dan Peterson, Hiawatha, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Stone, Diamond Lake, email@example.com
Brad Bourn, CARAG, firstname.lastname@example.org
Meg Forney, West Calhoun, email@example.com
Geneva Hanvik, Kingfield, firstname.lastname@example.org
Steven Jecha, Lynnhurst, email@example.com