We are living through an election cycle that has two presidential candidates that seem to have, at best, checkered pasts. Values such as integrity and consistency appear to be in short supply. Americans are looking for someone to support where character matters.
Mayor Adams, in my experience, is such a person. Under ReNae Bowman, John Budziszewski, and company, I was publicly called names and lied about, because I didn’t like what was happening to my neighborhood and took a stand. Since taking office, Mayor Adams has listened to me, considered my feedback, and made me feel valued, whether we agree or not.
He is trying to expose all of the hidden taxes we pay by putting them on the levy, so that we don’t receive surprise assessments. While this looks like an increase, it’s only making visible what has been secret all along. He has put work session recordings online, so we all can know what happens if we can’t attend. He has gotten rid of point of sale inspections, because it created a duplicative fee. He helped establish the City Code task force that gave residents the chance to review and give feedback on the laws we live under. He also saved us $6 million in interest payments by paying for the City Works building from cash on hand. I see him involved out in the community.
We’re only two years into making some long term changes, that I believe we’ve got to see the process through, to undo some of the previous Council’s errors. Jim, along with Casey Peak, Julie Deschler, and team have worked hard to begin to turn the ship.
So in a time when the only thing that seems to matter to other politicians is to win at any cost, Mayor Adams has shown over and over that honesty, integrity, and kindness still matter. Please consider giving him your vote on November 8th.
As a longtime resident, I was looking to get involved in my community. In April, I joined my local DFL caucus. I volunteered to be on their candidate endorsement committee. We had a long list of candidates running for various offices to interview for possible support. This is where I had my first encounter with Crystal mayoral candidate ReNae Bowman.
Bowman walked in and was extremely bold. I was taken aback by her behavior. It was clear that she harbored a great deal of resentment toward the current council and Mayor Adams. She bad mouthed them and called them names all the while claiming on her website that she’s running a “no labels” campaign focused on “issues and a brighter future.” The truth is the exact opposite. She felt it was a personal attack that the Human Rights Commission was no longer active, despite the lack of activity and any real authority. I begrudgingly accepted that the DFL would endorse her and I stood with my chosen party.
I am privileged to serve on the city of Crystal’s Community Outreach Task Force, where I was elected the chair. It was here that I encountered Bowman again. This time she bombarded me with emails and Facebook messages about what our new task force was doing. I had personally invited her to attend our meetings on numerous occasions. After a series of emails where I tried to explain that this task force was new and finding our footing, she called me “judgmental,” called our task force “secretive,” and accused me of being a “Republican plant.” Her behavior was childish. Any questions I posed to her were met with disparaging remarks about Mayor Adams and she refused to address any concerns I had with her time as mayor. I do not believe that Bowman will work with anyone who might disagree with her.
I’ve decided I’m not supporting her for Crystal mayor. In this election I don’t care about party endorsement, I’m voting for the best candidate. I call on all of my friends regardless of political party, to support Mayor Jim Adams in his re-election bid.
As a longtime resident and volunteer in Crystal I have had the opportunity to work with both candidates for mayor in a variety of capacities, and this year I am supporting Jim Adams for Mayor of Crystal.
In past elections, I have supported the other candidate, even circulating a letter to my Brownwood neighbors on her behalf. I believed that there would be a fair and equal treatment of all residents. I thought she would listen to concerns and use that information to help make decisions. I honestly thought that things would be different at city hall. But she let me down.
I think Crystal has seen a lot of positive changes over the past four years and I would like to see that continue. In working with Jim, I have found him to be honest, straightforward and respectful to everyone.
Please join me in voting for Jim Adams for a second term as Crystal mayor.
Bolash is a current volunteer and vice-chair of the Crystal Code Review Task Force.