Elections 2016: Three Fight for Two Seats on Cold Spring Council
COLD SPRING -- Candidates are gearing up for the November elections. Cold Spring will be electing two candidates to their city council.
Three people are running for council, Doug Schmitz, Brigetta Klemek and incumbent Jayme Knapp.
Voting Day is Tuesday, November 8.
Doug Schmitz is a former council member and mayor of Cold Spring. He served on the council for 2-years and served as mayor for 10-years. Schmitz says over the past two years he has missed working with the city. Schmitz says Cold Spring faces a number of challenges including construction on Main Street and building more affordable housing. He believes he has the experience to help guide the city in the right direction.
"I think I have the experience, I've served on the council for 12-years, in the past I've always kept an open mind and listened to both sides of the story."
Schmitz says he will always make decisions that are best for the community and the city.
Brigetta Klemek is former council member and mayor of Cold Spring. After 7-years of being away from city government she has decided it's time to get back into a city position. Klemek home schooled kids for many years and with many of them graduated or soon to be graduated she has more time to dedicate to the city. Klemek says affordable housing is her number one priority going into next year, she says Cold Spring is lacking the housing it needs for young families and single people.
"Especially for young professionals and families, they need an affordable place to call home. Housing helps our local businesses and they are recruiting new employees, people also don't want to drive 30 miles or more to work and being able to live in a small town that you work in benefits Cold Spring and people that move here."
Klemek says with her government background she knows she is well prepared to find the solutions to the pressures the city faces.
Jayme Knapp is currently a city council member and has been apart of the hiring committee. He moved to Cold Spring with his family 16-years ago. Knapp works as an analyst for a mobile ad technology company, he says his career involves working with numbers which is one reason he decided to become a city council member. Knapp says he's very good at looking a data, determining solutions to problems and budgeting finances. Knapp says he puts the residents opinions as a high priority.
"I will stand up for what I believe is right for our residents. I will work hard to make sure we keep our taxes low and keep our taxes in line."
Knapp says his top concerns going into next year is affordable housing, construction on Main Street and reducing the city's debt.