Sartell-St. Stephen: Contact your elected officials before it’s too late

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With a new year comes a new team of elected leaders and a list of issues for them to tackle.

Some of those issues linger from year to year, unsolved because politicians couldn’t agree, the solutions cost too much or because there’s not enough pressure from voters to find an answer.

One way individual voters can act is to contact their elected leaders. Often, those phone calls and emails only are sent when a voter is upset by an action. And sometimes that’s too late.

After the Legislature, the city council or the school board acts, it’s too late to change the policy. About all you can do is be mad. But that’s not very helpful.

To encourage early and frequent communication with your elected leaders, we’re listing their contact information and we hope you’ll share your thoughts on current issues now instead of just getting mad later.

Sartell residents elected a new mayor and two new citizens joined the City Council.

Mayor Ryan Fitzthum
Ryan.Fitzthum@sartellmn.com
320-493-5891

Council members
Mike Chisum
mike.chisum@sartellmn.com
320-492-2675  

Jeff Kolb
jeff.kolb@sartellmn.com
320-266-4044

Tim Elness
Tim.Elness@sartellmn.com
612-859-0382 

Brady Andel
Brady.Andel@sartellmn.com
320-217-4049 

The Sartell-St. Stephen area has one new leader at the Legislature. Longtime Rep. Tim O’Driscoll is joined by newly elected Sen. Jeff Howe.

Sen. Jeff Howe
95 University Avenue W.
Minnesota Senate Building, Room 3231
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-2084

Rep. Tim O’Driscoll
237 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155
rep.tim.odriscoll@house.mn
651-296-7808

One newcomer, Amanda Byrd, joined the Sartell-St. Stephen school board along with re-elected members Jeremy Snoberger and Patrick Marushin.

Jason Nies – chair
612-695-0782

Jeremy Snoberger – vice chair
320-282-8303

Pam Raden – clerk
320-250-0500

Amanda Byrd – treasurer
320-241-5988

Lesa Kramer
320-259-6303

Patrick Marushin
612-750-2973

All the members receive email at: dist-schoolboard@sartell.k12.mn.us

By connecting with your elected officials, you can help shape the discussions and the solutions to the issues they are trying to solve on our behalf.

Constructive suggestions and opinions are much more useful in producing a satisfying solution than angry calls and emails after a final decision has been made.

Author: Mike Knaak

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