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From: Morgan Hess <>
Date: August 24, 2019 at 10:34 AM
Subject: League of Women Voters St. Paul Voter Guide

Dear Bill Hosko,

My name is Morgan Hess, and I'm the Youth Vote Project Coordinator at the League of Women Voters St. Paul. I am putting together the LWVSP's voter guide for the 2019 St. Paul local elections and would like to ask you a few questions for information for the voter guide. I would like your answers to the below questions by September 3 at the latest, if possible. Please keep your answers to one or two sentences each. They may be edited slightly for length and clarity. If you have questions, feel free to reply to this email and I'll get back to you quickly.

What are your biggest priorities?

Property tax, fee and assessment increases are out of control.  The power of increased taxation needs to be given to citizens in the form of referendums.  Also, being ‘public outreach’ is often disingenuous, the city’s website must be updated – all email communications from citizens can be sent ‘Direct’ or ‘Public’.  If a citizen chooses Public – others can view them, and the responses back from city hall.

How will you work to address the housing shortage in St. Paul?

Hundreds of housing units are being constructed in the city, hundreds more are being planned.  Many housing properties are sitting vacant currently that can be filled.   

How will you address the issue of distrust between residents and public safety officers?

The great majority of citizens have Trust in our police force.  Citizen distrust lies primarily with elected officials.  Working closely with citizens, this will change if I am elected.

How do you plan to work with and engage residents to craft policy?

In part, my plan to dramatically update the city’s website would also allow citizen Voting on all public-hearing, commission and board matters.  Many citizens (as do many city staff!) have great perspectives and expertise they could then share with others openly.  Trust and participation in city policy making would rise to unprecedented levels! 

Thank you.

Bill Hosko