School funding, state spending, job creation. Those are just a few of the issues that will drive voters to the polls on Nov. 6 to vote for their preferred candidate in local and state races.
To help voters learn more about Eagan City Council, House District 51A, House District 51B and Senate District 51 candidates, Eagan Patch asked all candidates to submit their responses to a set of questions regarding their views and accomplishments. Each candidate was limited to a 200-word response per question. We will publish their responses in installments leading up to Election Day. For ongoing political coverage, check out our 2012 Election Guide.
Without further ado, here are Eagan City Council candidate Meg Tilley's responses:
Eagan Patch: What inspired you to get involved in local government, and why are you running again for a seat on the Eagan City Council?
Eagan City Council Candidate Meg Tilley: I have always been active in my community of Eagan. Teacher, sports coach, Eagan Foundation past president, Eagan Planning Commission, Cedar Grove Task Force. I love Eagan, it is my home. What a better way to keep abreast of what is happening in Eagan than being on the council? I feel I reflect the values of Eagan citizens as I have lived here over 30 years and have raised my family here.
Patch: When you look back over your tenure as an elected official, what are your most significant accomplishments?
Tilley: I feel the most important accomplishments of being on the City Council are being part of a coehesive team of professionals on the council and our staff. Listening and caring about the concerns of our constituents has been a highlight of our present council and it is reflected in our survey ratings as a council. We had a 95 percent approval rate by our consitituents in 2012 ... no other city compares. The team voices their individual views and we respect each other.
Patch: What is something you think the current council has done well?
Tilley: The council has listened very carefully and worked with citizens to come up with workable solutions that are a win-win for all concerned.
Patch: What are some of the most pressing, long-term issues facing Eagan and the council?
Tilley: New development, redevelopment and sustainability. Keeping Eagan businesses strong, vibrant and viable.
Patch: Why should constituents vote for you in November?
Tilley: I feel that I reflect the values and love of the community and am concerned about its continued growth, development and sustainability so it can continue to be one of the "greatest cities to live in the country".
Patch: Anything else you would like to add?
Tilley: I love Eagan and really want to continue to serve the constituents. This is my home!
Stay on top of the 2012 election cycle. Check out these other Q&As with our local Eagan candidates:
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- Q&A: Carlson Wants to Bring Back Ethics and Honesty Back into Politics