Letter to the Editor | Three candidates stand out in City Council race

As I consider my remaining two years on Piedmont’s City Council, I am grateful to the candidates who have stepped up to lead our community forward. To me the choice for City Council on November 8 is clear: Betsy Smegal Andersen, Jen Long, and Tom Ramsey. 

First, I have had the pleasure of working closely with Betsy Smegal Andersen since her appointment to City Council in 2017. Betsy brings a deep understanding of the essence of what is great about living in Piedmont and a vision for how we will continue to thrive in the future. She has prioritized infrastructure investments with a keen focus on prudent fiscal management to make the most of taxpayers resources. 

Next the City Council unanimously appointed Jen Long to the Piedmont City Council, from among a pool of incredibly qualified and talented community volunteers. Jen stands out, as an employment attorney and life coach, because she is always considering how we can welcome more Piedmonters into conversations about issues that face our community. Jen sees the interconnectedness of our projects and works to maximize our limited city resources to the greatest benefit.

Finally, I have observed Tom Ramsey in action as a Planning Commissioner for the past six years.  Tom’s background as an architect and construction project manager provides him a unique skill set for City Council as we plan for how to meet the state’s housing requirements and consider options to shore up our city’s ailing infrastructure. Tom is a problem solver with experience managing trade-offs and competing interests to solve complex problems. 

Piedmonters can be confident that you will be well-served by electing Betsy Smegal Andersen, Jen Long and Tom Ramsey to the Piedmont City Council. 

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