Maplewood Mayor Barry Greenberg, for the first time in his 16 years serving as a city official, has endorsed candidates for the Maplewood City Council.Mayor Greenberg’s letter of endorsement:
In my 16 years in Maplewood city government I have never publicly endorsed candidates for City Council, until now. These are challenging times as Better Together threatens the existence of Maplewood as an independent city and we are making preparations to replace our City Manager, Marty Corcoran, who is retiring after 35 years of serving our city in that role. The role of the council has never been more important than now. We are also losing Tim Dunn, who has served as a council member for the last 25 years.
In my tenure on the Council, I have had the opportunity to work with many committed citizens who have invested a great deal of time and effort to help make Maplewood the community it is today. Karen Wood was first elected in 2003, the same year as me, and will be the longest serving council member. During her tenure, I have seen Karen listen to and engage with her constituents, analyze the issues in front of the Council and vote in a conscientious manner. Karen and I haven’t always voted the same way and there have been instances where new information or changing circumstances resulted in a change in her perspective, but I have never questioned that she had the best interests of our city in mind. With three relatively recent additions to the council and one pending addition, I feel that the institutional memory that she provides is a valuable resource going forward. Karen is the deputy mayor not because she has been here the longest, but because she works hard, shows up at events, takes advantage of educational opportunities, listens and discusses matters with other council members and has committed so much time in not only living in Maplewood, but making it a better place to live.
Jenny Schmidt came to council in a special election within the last two years when I became mayor. In that time, Jenny has demonstrated a remarkable attention to detail, a propensity to ask pertinent questions and a willingness to debate any topic. These are qualities that make the Council more effective, proficient and responsible to our citizens. Due to her experience as an attorney, her enthusiasm for justice and dedication to procedure add to the competencies of the council and make her an invaluable member of our council and an asset to the community.
For these reasons, I urge the residents of Maplewood to vote for Karen Wood and Jenny Schmidt in their respective wards on April 2nd, 2019.