Meet the candidates


(10/27/2004)

Mayoral candidate
Mayoral candidate
Jerry Miller

Biography

Wife - Susan, three sons, two grandchildren, mayor, council, Human rights commissioner, Port Authority.

What do you believe are the three biggest assets to the city of Winona and how can these assets be utilized to propel Winona into the future?

The biggest assets in Winona are its people, the diversity of its economy including manufacturing, commercial and educational employers and its environment. We are currently utilizing our community people skills on city commissions and committees to help shape our future. We will continue to work with manufacturing, commercial and educational institutions to help them grow, so that jobs continue to be available for Winona and the region. We will continue to work on balanced solutions to physical growth, example being our steep slopes ordinance.

What is your vision for the city in regard to the downtown, central neighborhoods, industrial development, residential development and urban expansion (ie annexation)?

Downtown and central neighborhood redevelopment should include an emphasis on attractive design, owner occupied homes and utilization of the central levee wall in such a way as to complement events such as the Shakespeare Festival so that the private sector invests in this area of the city. We have offered Wilson Township a model for annexation that will not force township residents to be annexed into the city except at their choosing. We have approved many housing redevelopment projects in Winona and hope to continue that trend.

If elected, what things would you work to change in the city and what would you work to preserve? How?

My vision for Winona includes its continued strong growth pattern, excellent financial management and reasoned environmental protection.



Mayoral candidate
Mayoral candidate
Paul Double

Biography

Has three sons, served on WAPS Board, supervisor and chair of the Winona Township Board, State Municipal Board member, chair, owner and founder of three local companies.

What do you believe are the three biggest assets to the city of Winona and how can these assets be utilized to propel Winona into the future?

First are the people who provide a strong work ethic and a vast diversity of talent. Second are our outstanding educational institutions starting with our public and private K-12 schools, an outstanding Technical College and two Universities. The third is our natural beauty.

What is your vision for the city in regard to the downtown, central neighborhoods, industrial development, residential development and urban expansion (ie annexation)?

The foundation for Winona™s future rests on the creation of not less than 500 new industrial and service sector jobs because they pay twice as much as retail and tourism jobs. With them come families ages 25-45 with children to repopulate our schools, churches, increase demand for retail, new construction and transportation related jobs. Winona needs to find its uniqueness in tourism not copy Wabasha, Dubuque or Lanesboro. Those efforts need to support a year-round draw to the area not just a few weekend events. Intergovernmental cooperation is essential, forced annexation is not.

If elected, what things would you work to change in the city and what would you work to preserve? How?

Providing public inclusion to understand and build on the vision and why it must be accomplished. The appointment of people to the city™s commissions and prioritizing city staff talent to make sure we all are working to complete the vision.



City Council at-large seat
City Council at-large seat
Debbie White

Biography

Born and raised in Winona, lived in New York City working in the performing arts. After returning home to Winona, obtained two degrees and certification in Management. Worked for profit and nonprofit organizations. Formerly Festival Manager and still serving as Vice-Chair of Great River Shakespeare Festival. Also on Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

What do you believe are the three biggest assets to the city of Winona and how can these assets be utilized to propel Winona into the future?

Our three biggest assets, of many, are: our people; natural environmental splendor; and historical heritage. This rich combination of assets gives us our strong business, educational, artistic/cultural, and tourism offerings, and can be used to creatively envision and implement future endeavors.

What is your vision for the city in regard to the downtown, central neighborhoods, industrial development, residential development and urban expansion (i.e. annexation)?

Insightful, extensive planning is needed for change within the city and expansion. I believe community enhancement can be realized through innovation, renewal and redesign of our current infrastructure. I see Winona developing light industrial business, mixed small business, and launching concrete steps to revitalize downtown and the river front.

If elected, what things would you work to change in the city and what would you work to preserve? How?

I would like to see expansion of beautification endeavors and tourism opportunities. Preserving our older neighborhoods and city core, environmental assets, and historical structures is essential.

This can be accomplished by making our community more integrated through building stronger liaisons with educational institutions, local governments, citizens, and businesses. My approach is one of outreach and involvement through proactive and consistent actions.



City Council at-large seat
City Council at-large seat
Dave Kouba

Biography

Wife - Donna Buege, seven children, 14 grandchildren, retired, Winona Athletic Club, Winona Planning commissioner, Winona HRA, US Air Force Veteran.

What do you believe are the three biggest assets to the city of Winona and how can these assets be utilized to propel Winona into the future?

First, higher education: our institutions will provide training for workers and engineers for composites and professionals for business and retail trade. Second, the Mississippi River: for attracting tourist craft to our Levee and downtown. Our harbor will grow into one of the top shipping ports on the river. Third, our diversified industries: from products distributed to worldwide markets to hard working people.

What is your vision for the city in regard to the downtown, central neighborhoods, industrial development, residential development and urban expansion (i.e. annexation)?

We must turn downtown into an œold new world that caters to the tourist trade with a vital Levee, many shops and cafes promoting our historical buildings and landmarks and use of private grants and funds. Turn the old Winona Middle School auditorium into a children's library/senior center/community theater and arts showplace. The new Riverbend area will increase our commercial/industry base and expand our city into a regional shopping center. We will see residential expansion into our valleys. We must work with the county and townships to see who can serve their citizens best.

If elected, what things would you work to change in the city and what would you work to preserve? How?

We need an east side railroad overpass at Louisa Street into our new Riverbend park. Preservation of our bluffs with clean air and clean water is a must.



City Council Third Ward seat
City Council Third Ward seat
Deb Salyards

Biography

Huband - Don, two children, owner and operator of Carriage House Bed and Breakfast since 1986, past president of Winona County Historical Society and Convention and Visitors Bureau, Winona Historic Preservation commissioner and current coordinator for motor coach and riverboat visitors to Winona.

What do you believe are the three biggest assets to the city of Winona and how can these assets be utilized to propel Winona into the future?

The three biggest assets of the city of Winona are (1) the natural beauty of our river, bluffs and lakes, (2) our diverse economic base, and (3) our historic homes and buildings. We need to protect our natural resources while becoming more œentrepreneur friendly. At the same time we should constantly work to preserve our architectural heritage.

What is your vision for the city in regard to the downtown, central neighborhoods, industrial development, residential development and urban expansion (i.e. annexation)?

My vision includes (1) Winona™s downtown and its gradual transformation into a tourist destination, (2) making the core of the city a comfortable place for both students and permanent residents to live, and (3) pursuing a rational and cost-effective plan for the expansion of city boundaries and services.

If elected, what things would you work to change in the city and what would you work to preserve? How?

The city needs to find a solution to parking issues in Winona™s downtown and adjacent to the WSU campus. This might involve parking ramp construction, the issuance of neighborhood parking permits, or a combination of both. Designation and preservation of historic districts is essential in maintaining the œquality of the tourist experience.



City Council Third Ward seat
City Council Third Ward seat
Chris Arnold

Biography

Wife - Stacey Mounce Arnold, four children

DCM Tech, EMD Associates, Digital Telecommunications Inc., E-Tool, Plasticomp

What do you believe are the three biggest assets to the city of Winona and how can these assets be utilized to propel Winona into the future?

The three greatest assets to Winona are its people, the beauty of the area, and the diversity of industries. The strong business base can propel Winona into the future by continuing to provide good paying jobs. Winona is an attractive place for people to visit and live.

What is your vision for the city in regard to the downtown, central neighborhoods, industrial development, residential development and urban expansion (ie annexation)?

The downtown needs another phase of growth and redevelopment. The central neighborhoods need better protection to prevent too much conversion to rental. Maintaining a mix of residential and rental in the WSU neighborhood provides stability. In the areas of industrial development and annexation, Winona needs to have land available to accommodate these new requests. I am a supporter of conservative growth that does not damage the beautiful area where we live.

If elected, what things would you work to change in the city and what would you work to preserve? How?

I am already starting a central region plan that takes into account the uniqueness of the downtown and WSU areas. Better utilization of the waterfront and continuing the redevelopment of downtown will be very good for Winona. A parking ramp should be considered. Parking surrounding WSU needs to be improved. The city is considering the limited use of one way streets to double parking capacity on those streets.



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